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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 Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Hanks is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in such films as Splash (1984), Big (1988), Turner & Hooch ...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 (born 10 September 1960) is an English actor who has received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two BAFTA Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as the ...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 Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, writer, filmmaker, and musician. Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers ...more
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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Love Actually, Get Smart, Inside Llewyn Davis
Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981), often known by his initials, JT, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he ...more
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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can
Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken, March 31, 1943) is an American actor, dancer, director, screenwriter, and playwright who has appeared in more than 100 films and television programs, ...more
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Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 6 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 Ferrell (; born July 16, 1967) is an American actor, comedian, producer, writer and businessman. He first established himself in the mid-1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch ...more
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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Despicable Me
Steven John Carell (; born August 16, 1962) is an American actor, comedian, producer, writer, and director. He is well known for his portrayal of boss Michael Scott on the NBC sitcom The Office ...more
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Johnny Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two, Bad Grandpa
Philip John Clapp (born March 11, 1971), known professionally by his stage name Johnny Knoxville, is an American actor, film producer, screenwriter, comedian and stunt performer. He is best ...more
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Kate Hudson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Almost Famous, The Skeleton Key
Kate Garry Hudson (born April 19, 1979) is an American actress, author, and fashion designer. She rose to prominence for her performance in the film Almost Famous (2000), for which she won a ...more
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Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Edward Scissorhands, Black Swan, Girl
Winona Laura Horowitz (born October 29, 1971), known professionally as Winona Ryder, is an American actress. She is the recipient of a Golden Globe Award and has been nominated for two Academy ...more
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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover, American Hustle
Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for many awards, including seven Academy Awards and a Tony Award, and has won a Grammy ...more
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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
House M.D., Tomorrowland, Stuart Little
James Hugh Calum Laurie, (; born 11 June 1959) is an English actor, director, singer, musician, comedian and author. Laurie first gained recognition for his work as one half of the comedy double ...more
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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 13 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 (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. He is best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men film series from 2000 to 2018, a role for which he ...more
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Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Phone Booth, Total Recall, In Bruges
Colin Farrell (; born 31 May 1976) is an Irish actor. Farrell appeared in the BBC drama Ballykissangel in 1998, made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone in 1999, and was ...more
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Eva Longoria is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Desperate Housewives, The Young and the Restless, Harsh Times
Eva Jacqueline Bastón (née Longoria; born March 15, 1975) is an American actress, producer, director, activist, and businesswoman. After a number of guest roles on several ...more
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Freddie Prinze, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 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
Frederick James Prinze Jr. (born March 8, 1976) is an American actor. He has starred in films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), She's ...more
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Matthew Fox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Lost, Party of Five, World War Z
Matthew Chandler Fox (born July 14, 1966) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Charlie Salinger on Party of Five (1994–2000) and Jack Shephard on the supernatural drama series ...more
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Peter Sarsgaard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Jarhead, Orphan, Green Lantern
John Peter Sarsgaard (; born March 7, 1971) is an American actor. His first feature role was in Dead Man Walking in 1995. He then appeared in the 1998 independent films Another Day in Paradise ...more
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Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day
Pierce Brendan Brosnan (; born 16 May 1953) is an Irish–American actor, film producer, activist, architect and environmentalist. Born in Ireland, Brosnan became a naturalised American citizen. ...more
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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins
Liam John Neeson (born 7 June 1952) is an actor from Northern Ireland. He has been nominated for a number of awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor, a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a ...more
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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey (; born November 4, 1969) is an American actor and producer. He first gained notice for his supporting performance in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993), ...more
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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Spike Guys' Choice Awards, Battle of the Gridiron Stars, NFL Super Bowl XLIV Champions: New Orleans Saints
Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Indianapolis Colts. ...more
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Tim McGraw is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
The Blind Side, The 55th Annual Grammy Awards, CMA Music Fest
Samuel Timothy McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is an American country singer and actor. McGraw has released fifteen studio albums (eleven for Curb Records, three for Big Machine Records and one for ...more
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Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Les Misérables, Rachel Getting Married, The Dark Knight Rises
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway (born November 12, 1982) is an American actress. One of the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2015, she has received multiple awards, including an Academy Award, a ...more
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Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 25 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 Lowe (; born March 17, 1964) is an American actor, producer, and director. He is the recipient of two Screen Actors Guild Awards and has been nominated for six Golden Globes Awards ...more