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10 Celebrities Banned From Saturday Night Live

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We can all admit that Saturday Night Live is certainly not what it used to be. The current sketches are often dry, and the talent is nowhere near its prime. But that doesn't mean we don't tune in once in a while when a big-name celebrity hosts, just to see what might happen.

If you watched in older seasons, however, it seemed like every week there was some controversial moment that made headlines. Some of them were behind the scenes, and even got celebrities banned.

1. Steven Seagal

The action star was big in the 80s and 90s, and in 1991 he was invited to host Saturday Night Live. Unsurprisingly, the episode was awful. According to the cast and crew, Seagal had nothing but terrible ideas for sketches and was awful to everyone around him. Lorne Michaels deemed Seagal the "worst host ever."

2. Adrien Brody

When Adrien Brody was 29, he became the youngest actor ever to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in The Pianist. What Brody didn't win any awards for is his performance on Saturday Night Live. In 2013, Brody improvised his monologue, much to the disdain of Lorne Michaels. Brody showed up wearing fake dreadlocks in honor of the night's musical guest, Sean Paul. That went over as well as expected.

3. Elvis Costello

In 1977, Elvis Costello was banned from SNL thanks to an un-rehearsed performance. Costello was just 23 years old and was scheduled to sing his famous song, "Less Than Zero." But the musician wanted to play his new song, "Radio, Radio", which was politically charged and anti-media. Lorne Michaels said no, but as Costello's band started playing the scheduled song, the singer stopped them and started singing "Radio, Radio." Costello was un-banned in 1989, and he's even parodied his now-famous rebellion on later episodes of the show.

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