5 Notoriously Bad ‘Saturday Night Live’ Hosts
Who was banned? Who went off-script? Who was just so painfully bad they’ll never be invited back?
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We’ve rounded up the best of the worst "Saturday Night Live" hosts — from Justin Bieber to Paris Hilton and everyone in between.
While some people might surprise you, there’s one guy we doubt would ever end up on a list like this — and that’d be Chris Pratt, star of this summer’s monster hit “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Pratt recently hosted the 40th season premiere, and considering he’s hilarious, incredibly sexy, and has an exceptional reputation around Hollywood, he had that one in the bag.
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See below and find out who made our list of the most notoriously bad “SNL” hosts ever:
When: Season 38 — February 9, 2013
Why: It's been widely reported that Justin Bieber was not an ideal guest host. While Bill Hader kinda/sorta retracted his statements on "Watch What Happens Live" recently, he's gone on record a few times to admit his displeasure. In an interview with Howard Stern, he described Bieber's diva behavior as such: "Justin Bieber showed up with like 20 guys. He had a guy holding a slice of pizza. A guy holding a Diet Coke. Going around stage, you're trying to fight through all these people to get dressed.” Uncool Biebs, uncool.
When: Season 35 — November 14, 2009
Why: It's a bummer Instagram didn't exist when the "Mad Men" star hosted "SNL." Girl is funny! For all intents and purposes, January Jones was a fine host. Fine! She was fine. She showed up, read her lines, and didn't rustle any feathers behind the scenes. But that's all she did. She was so blah, there was basically a Debbie Downer-esque "wah-wah" following her wherever she went. One critic at the time wrote, "Poor January Jones. It has, I think, been a long time since a host on "SNL" has been this bad. Stilted delivery, stumbling over words, and that weird, low-energy negativity that works for Betty Draper but so does not work for a live comedy show." Wah-wah.
When: Season 30 — February 5, 2005
Why: You remember 2005, right? This was peak Paris Hilton pandemonium, and Kim Kardashian was but a blip (butt?) on the tabloid radar. If you look back, this episode is pretty funny. Give us Paris-Hilton-as-a-no-elbowed-Barbie any day of the week. But behind the scenes, Ms. Hilton didn't get the best reviews. In an interview with Howard Stern back in 2006, Tina Fey described Paris as a "piece of s***" that was "proud of how dumb she is." Fey also took time to explain a game the cast played behind Paris' back, betting on who she would make personal conversation with first. Seth Meyers won, for the record.
When: Season 28 — May 10, 2003
Why: Note to self: When hosting "SNL," do NOT go off-script! Adrian Brody took it upon himself to improvise his introduction for musical guest Sean Paul — while wearing faux dreadlocks. Aside from the stint getting him banned from the show, it wasn't even funny.
When: Season 3 — February 18, 1978; Season 5 — February 9, 1980; Season 8 — September 25, 1982; Season 11 — November 16, 1985; Season 12 — December 6, 1986; Season 17 — January 18, 1992; Season 21 — October 7, 1995; Season 22 — February 15, 1997
Why: Yes, Chevy Chase is funny — but no one ever accused him of being a particularly nice guy. He also has the esteemed honor of being the only cast member to be banned from the show. According to the "Saturday Night Live" Wikia, Chevy's bad behavior goes far back to the early years of the show. However, the final straw came in 1997 when a hot-headed Chase allegedly hit Cheri Oteri in the back of the head. After Will Ferrell complained to executive producer Lorne Michaels, the gauntlet was thrown, and Chevy was not to be invited back. Guess we won't count the 4 times he's made a cameo appearance since?