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The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s  

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List Rules Vote up the people who did the best job as hosts of SNL from 2000 through 2009.

Saturday Night Live went through some big changes in the 2000s - from the 9/11 attacks to the writers strike that shortened season 33 to some big cast shakeups mid-decade.  Even with several hosts returning multiple times there were almost 160 different hosts in the '00s. If you can't remember everybody who got to open the show, then refresh your memory with this list of the people who were hosts from 2000 through 2009, ranked from best SNL '00s hosts to worst SNL '00s hosts.

The 2000s saw over two dozen people return to host SNL, with Alec Baldwin again appearing the most times. Other celebrities, such as Ben Affleck and Dwayne Johnson appeared regularly as well, but none made quite the impression as Justin Timberlake's four appearances did, along with his Digital Shorts participation that made him such a frequent musical guest and host in the 2000s.

Just like the seasons and episodes themselves, the Saturday Night Live hosts of the 2000s range from great to grueling. Vote up the actors, musicians, and comedians who did the best job at hosting SNL in the '00s.

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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan
Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks is an American film actor, director, voice-over artist, writer and film producer. Hanks worked in television and family-friendly comedies before achieving ...more
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Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
The King's Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Love Actually
Colin Andrew Firth, CBE is an English film, television, and theatre actor. His films have grossed more than $3 billion from 42 releases worldwide. He has received an Academy Award, a Golden ...more
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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
The Jerk, ¡Three Amigos!, Bowfinger
Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin is an American comedian, actor, musician, writer, and producer. Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later ...more
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Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Phone Booth, Total Recall, In Bruges
Colin James Farrell is an Irish actor. He first appeared on the BBC's TV drama Ballykissangel in 1998, made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone a year later and was ...more
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Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Sunday Night Baseball, Anger Management, The Other Guys
Derek Sanderson Jeter is an American former professional baseball shortstop who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is ...more
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Eva Longoria is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Desperate Housewives, The Young and the Restless, Harsh Times
Eva Jacqueline Longoria is an American actress, producer, director, activist and businesswoman. Longoria's career began in 1998, when she won the title of Miss Corpus Christi, and later began ...more
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Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Platoon, The Last King of Scotland, Lee Daniels' The Butler
Forest Steven Whitaker III is an American actor, producer, and director. He has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Lee Daniels' The Butler, Bird and Ghost ...more
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Freddie Prinze, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Scooby-Doo, She's All That, I Know What You Did Last Summer
Freddie James Prinze, Jr. is an American actor. He starred in several films, such as I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, She's All That, Summer Catch, ...more
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Matthew Fox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Lost, Party of Five, World War Z
Matthew Chandler Fox is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Charlie Salinger on Party of Five and Jack Shephard on the supernatural drama television series Lost.
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Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Hotel Transylvania, Never Been Kissed
Molly Helen Shannon is an American comic actress best known for her work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2001 and for starring in the films Superstar and Year of the Dog. ...more
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Nick Lachey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica, Big Morning Buzz Live with Nick Lachey, The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour
Nicholas Scott "Nick" Lachey is an American singer-songwriter, actor, producer, and television personality. Lachey rose to fame as the lead singer of the multi-platinum selling boy ...more
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Peter Sarsgaard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Jarhead, Orphan, Green Lantern
ohn Peter Sarsgaard is an American actor, best known for his role in the 2004 comedy-drama Garden State. He then appeared in the 1998 independent films Another Day in Paradise and Desert Blue. ...more
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Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day
Pierce Brendan Brosnan, is an Irish-American actor, film producer and environmentalist. After leaving comprehensive school at 16, Brosnan began training in commercial illustration. He then went ...more
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Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
John William "Will" Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. Ferrell first established himself in the mid-1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show ...more
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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can
Christopher Walken is an American actor. He has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, including The Deer Hunter, Annie Hall, The Prophecy trilogy, Brainstorm, True Romance, Pulp ...more
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Johnny Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two, Bad Grandpa
Philip John "PJ" Clapp Jr., known by his stage name Johnny Knoxville, is an American stunt performer, comedian, actor, screenwriter and film producer. He is best known as a co-creator ...more
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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Love Actually, Get Smart, Inside Llewyn Davis
Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. ...more
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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Despicable Me
Steven John "Steve" Carell is an American actor, comedian, director, producer and writer. After a five-year stint on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Carell found greater fame for ...more
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Ashton Kutcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
The Butterfly Effect, That '70s Show, Two and a Half Men
Christopher Ashton Kutcher is an American actor, producer, investor and former model. Kutcher began his career as a model. He began his acting career portraying Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom ...more
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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover, American Hustle
Bradley Charles Cooper is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, three for acting and one for producing. He was named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by ...more
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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
House M.D., Tomorrowland, Stuart Little
James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE, known professionally as Hugh Laurie, is an English actor, writer, director, musician and comedian. He first became known as one-half of the Fry and Laurie double ...more
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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, producer, and singer who is involved in film, musical theatre and television. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, ...more
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Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
The West Wing, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Wayne's World
Robert Hepler "Rob" Lowe is an American film and television actor. He garnered fame after appearing in such films as The Outsiders, Oxford Blues, About Last Night..., St. Elmo's Fire, ...more
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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Deadpool, Green Lantern, The Proposal
Ryan Rodney Reynolds is a Canadian actor. Reynolds portrayed Michael Bergen on the ABC sitcom Two Guys and a Girl, Billy Simpson in the YTV Canadian teen soap opera Hillside, as well as Marvel ...more
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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls, 30 Rock
Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, the ...more