Okay, this is pretty much the coolest thing ever. On the 1981 Halloween episode of the show, doom-punk band Fear staged a full-fledged riot on the set after being invited to play by John Belushi, who agreed to make an appearance on the show on the condition that they were the musical guest. You kind of have to watch the performance to grasp the scope of how badly they fucked up the set, but suffice it to say they did $200,000 worth of damage.
2. Steven Seagal
Steven Seagal is one of the only people to be banned from SNL for being a plain-long terrible performer. While he was also apparently a total dick to work with, it was the fact that he was the “worst host ever,” as remembered by Lorne Michaels, that got him booted for good.
3. Adrien Brody
Lorne Michaels, who notoriously hates ad-libbed material, banished Brody forever in 2003 after he improvised an introduction to musical guest Sean Paul while wearing fake dreadlocks and speaking in fake patois. It’s fascinating that a 45-second bit cost Brody so dearly, but that’s what happens when you cross Lorne Michaels.
4. Elvis Costello
Before his appearance in 1977, Costello was firmly instructed by both the show and his label to play his hit “Less Than Zero” instead of the politically-charged and very anti-media song “Radio, Radio,” which hadn’t yet been released. He complied for about three seconds before stopping his band and doing the song he wanted, resulting in a 12-year-long ban from the show.
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