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The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s 

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Updated April 3, 2019 2.3k votes 567 voters 1.1k views 157 items

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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Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 4 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 Martin is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
How I Met Your Mother, Starship Troopers, The Smurfs
Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, magician, and singer. He is known primarily for his comedy roles on television and his dramatic and ...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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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Revolutionary Road
Kate Elizabeth Winslet, (born 5 October 1975) is an English actress. She is particularly known for her work in period dramas and tragedies, and is often drawn to portraying troubled women. ...more
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Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Friends, We're the Millers, The Iron Giant
Jennifer Joanna Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an American actress, film producer, and businesswoman. The daughter of actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow, she began working as an actress at ...more
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Paul Rudd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Ant-Man, Role Models, I Love You
Paul Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and film producer. Rudd studied theater at the University of Kansas and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, before ...more
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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 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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Jon Hamm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Mad Men, The Town, Shrek Forever After
Jonathan Daniel Hamm (born March 10, 1971) is an American actor, best known for playing advertising executive Don Draper in the AMC television drama series Mad Men (2007–2015). For much of the ...more
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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
American Beauty, L.A. Confidential, The Usual Suspects
Kevin Spacey Fowler (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor, producer, and singer. Spacey began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, obtaining supporting roles in film and television. ...more
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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Drew Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Donnie Darko, Charlie's Angels, Scream
Drew Blythe Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress, producer, director, author, model and entrepreneur. She is a member of the Barrymore family of actors, and the ...more
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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Bridesmaids, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Spring Breakers
Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she appeared in stage ...more
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Cameron Diaz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
There's Something About Mary, Shrek, Gangs of New York
Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is a retired American actress, writer and former model. She has frequently appeared in comedies throughout her career, while also earning critical ...more
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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
V for Vendetta, Black Swan, Léon: The Professional
Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag; June 9, 1981) is an actress and filmmaker with dual Israeli and American citizenship. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy ...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