The Biggest Saturday Night Live Controversies

Saturday Night Live has been making audiences laugh for decades but the witty humor doesn't always sit well with everyone ... From awkward performances to dramatic unscripted comments, let's take a look at some of the worst and most controversial moments in SNL history! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Katy Perry on Saturday Night Live.


THE NATURE OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 

SNL has been giving us the best late-night satire consistently since the show's introduction back in 1975.  The program's contemptuous parody and live-broadcast design fundamentally promised it would spark debate from the earliest starting point, however that hasn't stopped SNL from bagging close to 70 Emmys!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Lorne Michaels with the SNL team at the Emmy Awards.

It has also highlighted the careers of several extraordinary stars, and given us the most significant live TV moments ever. Terrible hosts, questionable material, radical artists, and shocking comments are largely unavoidable for this show. If you want to see Saturday Night Live's worst controversies throughout the years, you have come to the right place ... 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Members of the SNL team.


ARIANA'S SLIP OF THE TONGUE 

The melodic number in Ariana Grande's 2016 opening skit was made more poignant when the pop star had a small slip of the tongue. During a line, she mumbled "goodness [expletive]" however, she handled it well and simply continued with her musical piece. Her sweet nature certainly made up for this small oopsy and we're sure we'll see her on SNL again soon.  

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ariana Grande on Saturday Night Live.


LINDSAY LOHAN'S MESSY PERFORMANCE 

Entertainer and actress, Lindsay Lohan hosted SNL four times, most of these appearances were from 2004 to 2006 when Lohan was enjoying her Mean Girls popularity. What's more, Lindsay Lohan was a pretty great host. She obviously had the help of Lorne Michaels, who delivered the movie Mean Girls as well as Tina Fey who composed the content for the film.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Lindsay Lohan and a co-star on SNL.

When Lindsay Lohan got back to host SNL in 2012 following a long-term break it was a train wreck. In hopes to restore her reputation and get herself some good attention, Lindsay Lohan went on SNL but it backfired. She was unable to read all of her lines, missed her prompts, and looked ill-equipped. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Lindsay Lohan on SNL.


THE KENAN THOMPSON "TIGER WOODS MISHAP"

In 2009, a sketch featuring Kenan Thompson as Tiger Woods depicted the golf player busy with public interviews, each time showing up progressively hurt by his significant other. The play was condemned for downplaying such behavior at home. The guest, Rihanna was seriously not impressed by this, to say the least.  

Image Credits: Getty Images / Keenan Thompson on SNL.


ASHLEE SIMPSON: THE MOST AWKWARD PERFORMANCE 

A guest brought onto sing a few songs during a 2004 episode of SNL, Ashlee Simpson was at the top of her game. She performed "Pieces of Me" without issue, however, when her band fired up her second tune of the set, the same vocals started once more. Simpson's mic was not even close to her mouth at that point and everyone knew she'd been lip-syncing. Ouch! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ashlee Simpson on Saturday Night Live.


ON AIR VOTING TO KEEP OR DUMP ANDY KAUFMAN 

In the early years of Saturday Night Live, Andy Kaufman was one of the show's most regular visitors. Notwithstanding, by 1982 Kaufman's dubious stage act had made him a disruptive figure. Accordingly, the show facilitated a telephone survey in January of 1983. This would allow citizens to pick whether the show should "keep" or "dump" Andy.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andy Kaufman on Saturday Night Live.

Various people lobbied for the "keep" choice, but "dump Andy" prevailed with 195,544  votes to "keep's" 169,186. This was a pretty awkward moment for the show and the crew must certainly regret it. Sadly the actor passed away the following year in 1984. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andy Kaufman on Saturday Night Live.


KATY PERRY: NOT CUT OUT FOR SNL 

Like competitors, getting vocalists to host SNL can be unpredictable. Artists make for extraordinary performances, however, placing them in parody productions can be hit and miss. Generally, a miss. While some artists like Justin Timberlake get it right, the same cannot be said for all. In fact, Katy Perry's stretch hosting SNL in 2011 was awful... 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Katy Perry with a co-star on the set of SNL.

The aftermath from Katy Perry's appearance on SNL was terrible to the point that her beau at that point, jokester Russell Brand, said a final farewell to her. In spite of the fact that there has been rumored that Russell Brand was more upset that he was not asked to host SNL, what with him being a genuine comic. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Katy Perry on Saturday Night Live.


ELVIS COSTELLO CHANGES SONGS LEADING TO HIS BANNING 

English rocker Elvis Costello was somewhat of an antagonist in his childhood. The man behind hits like "Veronica" and "Watching the Detectives" caused debate with his first appearance on SNL in 1977 when he defied the man in charge, Lorne Michaels.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Elvis Costello on Saturday Night Live.

Elvis Costello changes the song that he was meant to perform without warning anyone. A moment into the tune, he halted his band's live broadcasting in real-time and went over into "Radio. " Lorne Michaels was upset by this demonstration of rebellion and restricted Elvis Costello from SNL until 1988. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Elvis Costello on Saturday Night Live.


JAMES FRANCO SHOCKS HIS CO-STAR ON LIVE TV 

On an episode that featured James Franco and Leslie Jones, he unintentionally spurted counterfeit blood straight into her mouth during the "Blessing Wrap" sketch. In a consequent Instagram video, Franco and Jones clarified what occurred. When the fake blood went into Jones' mouth, she hurled but continued with the show. However many fans noticed ... 

Image Credits: Getty Images / James Franco and co-star on Saturday Night Live.


NORM MACDONALD IS BOOTED 

Norm MacDonald's career as the host of Weekend Update reached a sudden conclusion halfway through SNL's 1997–98 season. It was broadly accepted that the choice, which came from NBC leader Don Ohlmeyer, not show maker Lorne Michaels, was because of MacDonald's jokes about football star, and dear companion of Ohlmeyer's, O.J. Simpson

Image Credits: Getty Images / Norm MacDonald on Saturday Night Live.


SNL CREW QUICKLY GREW TIRED OF PARIS HILTON 

"That is hot" was seemingly all Paris Hilton knew how to say. Tragically, her expression doesn't portray her appearance hosting SNL in 2005. Paris Hilton's time on SNL was so terrible that after her appearance, Tina Fey went on Howard Stern and called her pretty bad names. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paris Hilton on Saturday Night Live.

Tina Fey additionally said that Paris was silly and seems to be pleased with how "dumb" she is. As indicated by Tina Fey, the cast was tired of Paris and her mentality thus quit any pretense of attempting to compose anything respectable for her. This would clarify why Paris wound up playing a Barbie doll without any elbows in one of her dramas. She seemed pleased though. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paris Hilton on Saturday Night Live.


FRANK ZAPPA WAS CALLED A BAD HOST 

Two years after he shared his voice as a visitor on SNL in 1976, Frank Zappa was asked to host SNL. In the book Live From New York, writers James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales quote Don Novello, an author for the show at that point, as saying "the Frank Zappa show was like one of the worst ever." They never gave context but Zappa was never welcomed back.  

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JUSTIN BIEBER WAS TOO DEMANDING 

As a young pop star, Justin Bieber behaved like a typical teen who had the world at his feet. This was the situation when the Biebs hosted SNL in 2013. Justin Bieber did not do well on the live sketch parody show, yet it was his backstage habits that had people talking the most. He brought an escort of in excess of 20 individuals with him.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Justin Bieber on Saturday Night Live.

Cast member, Bill Hader told public broadcaster Howard Stern that Justin Bieber even had a person chase after him holding a slice of pizza for him. Justin Bieber was the host of SNL because he was attempting to restore public perception, however, his on-air acting and behind the stage jokes made things worse. However, he has grown up since then! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Justin Bieber on Saturday Night Live.


THE MOST AWKWARD MOMENT COURTESY OF NIRVANA 

SNL's unmistakable comedy has always been full of surprises but one of the most shocking moments came back in 1992, thanks to the band, Nirvana. As the credits began to roll, audience members witnessed the three individuals get physical with each other. It was undeniably strange and made SNL history. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Nirvana on Saturday Night Live.


KRISTEN STEWART ACCIDENTALLY LETS OUT A WORD

When Kristen Stewart hosted SNL, she did pretty well and made everyone laugh with her jokes but towards the end, her excitement got the better of her. She said that hosting SNL was the "coolest [expletive] thing ever" during her 2017 skit. She was quick to recognize her mistake and was visibly alarmed. However, she did it with charm!  

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kristen Stewart on Saturday Night Live.


KANYE WEST'S UNFORGETTABLE RANT 

If there is a truly controversial figure, it has to be Kanye West. His third exhibition on SNL in September 2018 was quite the scene as he brought up a few unscripted and debatable topics. His fellow SNL cast member Pete Davidson later called the tirade "one of the worst, most awkward things I’ve ever seen here.” Ouch! Do you agree? 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kanye West on Saturday Night Live.

Saturday Night Live has been one of the best shows on TV since forever and we find ourselves more enthralled with every episode. From Adele's recent appearance to the constant stream of funny comedians, this show promises to keep us laughing for years to come despite the unavoidable controversies. Who would you like to see on the show? Let us know and be sure to click the share button! 

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