Sudeikis started as a writer on SNL in 2003, and became a full-time cast member in 2005, jumpstarting what would become a very successful career as a Hollywood comedy sweetheart. Who could forget the fantastic ‘Two A-Holes’ sketches that became an instant hit and put him on the map?
Together with Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, and the legendary Kristen Wiig, Sudeikis became a lead character on SNL for the next eight seasons. Shockingly after 10 years, Jason Sudeikis left. There wasn’t a ceremonial ‘last sketch’, a special event on set, a tearjerking speech, nada! Talk about a cold shoulder.
Pharoah’s Rant About Female Cast Member Was an Accident
In 2013 Jay Pharoah had no idea that he was talking to a reporter from TheGrio when he started an intense rant about the fact that SNL had a lack of Black women cast members.
“They need to pay attention”, Pharoah said about SNL, talking about Darmirra Brunson, a sitcom actress that the show considered hiring. He continued, “Why do I think she should be on the show? Because she’s Black first of all, and she’s really talented."
Bill Hader Really Didn’t Like Justin Bieber
Back in 2013, Justin Bieber was a musical guest and host of SNL, and apparently, nobody was pleased, especially Bill Hader. The comedian said Bieber had been the worst guest to ever appear on the show and having to do a sketch with him was a nightmare.
Bieber showed up with an entourage of about 20 guys so they could hold his food, and drinks and basically be his nannies. Bear in mind the backstage was a very small space and having 20 guys crammed in there made it hard for anybody to move around.
Sinead O'Connor Caused Quite A Stir
The late singer Sinead O’Connor was the show’s musical guest in October 1992. She shocked audiences and producers alike when she took out a picture of Pope John-Paul II in the middle of her song and tore it to shreds. The act was meant as a political statement against the crimes being perpetrated by the Catholic Church.
She was banned from the show for life and her career suffered, but these days many people feel that she was misunderstood. She has since said, "It's not the man, obviously—it's the office and the symbol of the organization that he represents."
Cypress Hill is Banned for Life
Cypress Hill appeared on SNL in 1993, and as they were walking on stage, DJ Muggs lit up a joint. He told the crowd “Yo, New York City, they said I couldn’t light my joint, well, you know what I’m saying? I ain’t going out like that!”
The rebellious act may have gone over well with the fans, but less so with the producers and NBC. They have been banned from the show for life.