In April of 1996, Rage Against the Machine was the musical guest on the show. On the same night, ‘SNL’ was hosted by billionaire and presidential candidate, Bill Forbes. The band wanted to protest against Forbes’ politics and decided to hang two upside-down American flags on their amplifiers.
The flags were removed right before the band went on and were not seen by the viewers at home. Rage Against the Machine was then asked to leave, which allegedly prompted bassist Tim Commerford to storm into Forbes’ dressing room while throwing pieces of a torn flag. They were never invited back.
Tina Fey, Famous for Playing Sarah Palin, Would Not Stand Next to Her
Comedian and former cast member, Tina Fey, has shared the SNL term “Sneaker Uppers” with the world. According to her, it refers to “when a famous person sneaks up behind the actor who plays them and pretends to be mad about it or be in on the joke”. During the 2008 election, Fey, who had already left the show and was staring in '30 Rock', was brought back in to play Palin and dreaded the “sneaker upper” she knew was coming.
She made it clear to Lorne Michaels that she refused to share the screen with Palin because she did not want to be seen as endorsing her. Palin ended up being filmed backstage with Michaels, but the episode was still one of the highest-rated in the show’s history.
Everyone Wanted to Play Barack Obama
After Barack Obama was elected president, auditions were held for an actor to play him on the show. Several actors who have since become big stars tried out, namely Donald Glover, Wyatt Cenac, and Jordan Peele. In the end, the role went to Fred Armisen, and when he left the show, the role was picked up by Jay Pharoah.
Donald Glover has since found fame in music and acting, and won a Golden Globe for his work on the TV series, 'Atlanta'. Jordan Peele has become an award-winning screenwriter and director.
Jenny Slate Dropped the F-Bomb
You may not even remember that Jenny Slate used to be on 'SNL' because even during her time on the show she did not appear in many episodes. That is because she dropped the F-bomb on her very first sketch. It was called “Biker Chick Chat” and it was written by Slate, and while performing it, the word just slipped out.
You can immediately see that she knows what she’s done and regrets it. She wasn’t fired right away but remained on the show until the end of the season, and then her contract was not renewed. The worst part was that she found out that she had been fired by reading it online, according to Last Night On.
Even Popular Cast Members Were Fired
Adam Sandler and Chris Farley, who were two of SNL’s biggest stars, and were immensely popular with the fans, were suddenly let go – on the same day. Sandler said he had no idea that they were on their way out until Farley ran into his office shouting, “We’re getting fired!”.
Apparently, Sandler still doesn’t know why they were let go, but the reason probably has something to do with the low ratings the show had at the time.