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As these banned SNL hosts and guests proved the hard way, on live television, anything can happen. These fine actors, comedians, and musicians each did something so profane, outrageous, or just plain rude that they were banned from the sketch comedy institution of Saturday Night Live for life. Which hosts and musical guests have been banned from SNL?

It might be a surprise that in over 40 years of the show being on the air, only a little over a dozen of the hundreds of performers and guests have been banned. From Sinéad O'Connor's infamous incident with the photo of the Pope, to actors like Steven Seagal acting like jerks, these stars are all part of an elite group banned from Saturday Night Live.

It's not necessarily a group they wanted to be a part of, but their outrageous behavior, either on stage or behind the scenes (or both), got all these people on the Saturday Night Live banned list. Read through the list below to find out if your favorite SNL host or musical guest has been banned from ever appearing on the show again.
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The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 15 People Who Have Been Banned from SNL
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Similar to Cypress Hill, the punk rock band The Replacements failed to adhere to the strict drugs and alcohol policy when they appeared as a musical guest on January 18, 1986. Band members were quite a bit tipsy when they sang, but the tipping point came when singer Paul Westerberg cursed on live television. The band was banned from the show, however in 1993 tensions cooled and Westerberg returned as a solo musical guest.

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Robert Blake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 15 People Who Have Been Banned from SNL
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Decades before he was accused of murdering his wife, actor Robert Blake was accused of being a complete grouch behind the scenes of "SNL." He allegedly butted heads with the cast, producers, and writers prior to his November 13, 1982 hosting gig, even throwing a script in the face of cast member and writer Gary Kroeger. Blake fulfilled his obligation to host that episode in season eight, but never returned to the "SNL" stage. see more on Robert Blake
Milton Berle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 15 People Who Have Been Banned from SNL
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Comedian and actor Milton Berle is undoubtably a legend, but that ego also jumped the shark when he hosted on April 14, 1979. Berle took control of the whole show, spending his time upstaging the cast members and writers. Described as a "a comedy train accident in slow motion, on a loop," Berle also went off-script during the telecast, leading to his ban from ever hosting the show again.

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Appearing as both the host and musical guest for the October 21, 1978 episode, Frank Zappa made few friends in his last "SNL" appearance before his ban. Zappa allegedly didn't mesh with the cast and crew in the preparation week, then mugged for the camera and made it obvious that he was reading cue cards during the broadcast. Not only was Zappa banned from the "SNL" stage after the stunt, but most of the cast refused to interact with the performer in the "goodnight" segment to end the show.

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