Entertainment 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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9 15
Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 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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10 18
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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 "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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John McCain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Face the Nation, Television's Vietnam, Why We Fight
John Sidney McCain III was an American politician and naval officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his passing. He previously served two terms in the United ...more
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6 15
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
How I Met Your Mother, Starship Troopers, The Smurfs
Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, magician, singer, and television host. He is known for playing Barney Stinson in the television comedy series How ...more
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6 15
Alec Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
The Departed, Beetlejuice, The Aviator
Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin III is an American actor, producer, and comedian. As a member of the Baldwin family, he is the oldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all well-known actors. ...more
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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 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 Jackman is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
V for Vendetta, Black Swan, Léon: The Professional
Natalie Portman is an Israeli-born American actress, producer, and director. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno, but mainstream ...more
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Josh Brolin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
W., Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, No Country for Old Men
Josh James Brolin is an American actor. He has acted in theater, film and television roles since 1985. He is known primarily for his film work. His first role was in the 1985 film The Goonies. ...more
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Nia Vardalos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, I Hate Valentine's Day, Connie and Carla
Antonia Eugenia "Nia" Vardalos is a Canadian-born actress, screenwriter, director, singer and producer. Her most notable work is the 2002 Academy Award–nominated film My Big Fat Greek ...more
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Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
The Hangover, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five
Christopher Brian "Chris" Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and actor. Along with his manager, Chaka Zulu, Ludacris is the ...more
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2 8
Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Horrible Bosses, Arrested Development, Juno
Jason Kent Bateman is an American actor, director and producer who rose to prominence as a high-profile teen actor in the 1980s, in sitcoms such as Silver Spoons and The Hogan Family, before ...more
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2 8
Rainn Wilson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
The Office, Juno, Super
Rainn Dietrich Wilson is an American actor who is well known for his Emmy-nominated role as the egomaniac Dwight Schrute on the American version of the television comedy The Office. He also ...more
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2 8
Tobey Maguire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3
Tobias Vincent "Tobey" Maguire is an American actor and film producer who began his career in the late 1980s. Maguire's first appearance in a feature film was a non-speaking part in ...more
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2 8
Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
The Bernie Mac Show, Ocean's Eleven, Transformers
Bernard Jeffrey "Bernie" McCullough, better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, ...more
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2 8
Ashley Olsen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Full House, New York Minute, When in Rome
Ashley Fuller Olsen is an American actress, fashion designer, producer, author, and businesswoman. She co-founded luxury fashion brands The Row, Elizabeth and James, and the more affordable ...more
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Val Kilmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Heat, Batman Forever, Top Gun
Val Edward Kilmer is an American actor. Originally a stage actor, Kilmer became popular in the mid-1980s after a string of appearances in comedy films, starting with Top Secret!, then the cult ...more
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Tracy Morgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
30 Rock, Cop Out, Saturday Night Live
Tracy Jamal Morgan is an American actor and comedian best known for his eight seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for his role as Tracy Jordan in the comedy series 30 Rock. He ...more
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Kelly Ripa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Live with Kelly and Michael, Cheaper by the Dozen, Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade
Kelly Maria Ripa is an American actress, talk show host and television producer. Ripa played Hayley Vaughan on the television soap opera All My Children from 1990–2002 and is best known as ...more
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2 8
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 22 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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2 8
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
American Beauty, L.A. Confidential, The Usual Suspects
Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known as Kevin Spacey, is an American actor, film director, writer, producer, and comedian. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, before being cast ...more
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Seth Rogen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
This Is the End, Pineapple Express, Superbad Superbad
Seth Rogen is a Canadian actor, screenwriter, producer, director, and comedian. Rogen began his career performing stand-up comedy during his teenage years, winning the Vancouver Amateur Comedy ...more
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Jon Hamm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '00s
Mad Men, The Town, Shrek Forever After
Jonathan Daniel "Jon" Hamm is an American actor, director, and television producer. For much of the mid-1990s, Hamm lived in Los Angeles, making appearances in television series ...more