10 STARS BANNED FROM "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE"
Irish singer, Sinead O'Connor, is not only known for her strong voice, but also her strong political statements. In a 1992 episode of "Saturday Night Live", O'Connor performed an a cappella version of Bob Marley's "War." What started as a beautiful piece ended in controversy as O'Connor protested organized religion with many offensive gestures.
The caring father in "Christmas Vacation" is not so caring in real life. After hosting "SNL" in 1997, Chevy Chase was banned from hosting the show ever again due to his demeaning and biased treatment of the cast and crew members during rehearsal. Although Chase can no longer host "SNL," he has made a few cameos on the show since his banning.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
This rock band was invited to be the musical act for a 1996 episode hosted by billionaire, Steve Forbes. Before performing a hit song, the band decided to make a political statement that angered the crew, producers, audience, and viewers at home. They revealed upside-down American Flags on their instruments and outfits and were immediately escorted offstage, never to perform on "SNL" again.
When singer, Elvis Costello, appeared as a musical guest on "SNL" everyone was excited to see what the musician would do. However, after interrupting another band to perform "Radio Radio," a song that criticized mainstream broadcasting, he was banned from television. When he was finally asked to return to the show, he performed the exact same stunt and was banned again. Some people never learn.
Even though "Saturday Night Live" seems like a lively and carefree place, the producers have a strict no tolerance for alcohol and drugs on set. Apparently, no one told rap group, Cypress Hill, about that policy since a member thought it was okay to smoke a joint during a live performance. Obviously, they were never invited back.
It's hard to believe that Adrien Brody, the actor who brought us to tears in "The Pianist," could be part of an offensive sketch. In a 2003 episode, the beloved actor decided to go off-script, sported dreadlocks and an awful accent when he introduced Jamaican singer, Sean Paul. This bad attempt at humor was enough to get him permanently banned from the show.
Here's another actor who never learned how to play nice with the other kids. Action star, Steven Seagal was so rude to the cast and crew that one of the producers referred to him as "the worst host ever." His behavior was so bad that the producers debated having a host-less show.
Like Cypress Hill, this punk rock band refused to adhere to the no drugs or alcohol policy. While performing rather tipsy singer, Paul Westerberg, cursed on live television. That was enough to get them banned for a few years.
Comedian, Martin Lawrence, is known for his hilarious, but sometimes borderline offensive rants. But in a 1994 episode he took it a little to far in a sketch about feminine hygiene. His bit was so bad it was later removed from episode re-runs and he was banned from the show.
The actor/comedian turned political commentator gave an awkward and unprepared performance in a 1977 episode. He skipped rehearsals and poorly improvised many of his lines. That was his first and last performance on SNL.