It’s not news that many people have different opinions when it comes to Elon Musk. So, it was no surprise that when Musk was invited to host SNL in 2021, some people strongly disagreed.
Most of the SNL cast thought that a person as offensive as Musk shouldn’t be given a public stage. This was also a time when the global health crisis of 2020 was still rampant, and Musk’s spread of misinformation about the virus became very controversial.
Pete Davidson Had to Apologize for Mocking Republican Dan Crenshaw
Pete Davidson was mocking several politicians on the “Weekend Update” when suddenly, a photo of Republican Dan Crenshaw came up. Davidson said, “this guy is kind of cool”, referring to his eye patch. But he didn’t stop there. In midst of his own laughter, Davidson continued, “You may be surprised that he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie”.
Many people hated the joke, saying that Davidson had been very disrespectful to the fact that Crenshaw was a war veteran, and his injury should never be made fun of. The backlash was such that Davidson had to publicly apologize to Crenshaw.
Norm MacDonald’s O.J. Simpson Jokes Got Him Fired
Norm MacDonald was an anchor of SNL’s “Weekend Update” throughout the 90s, and one of his repeating jokes was calling O.J. Simpson a criminal. In 1998, MacDonald was fired from the “Weekend Update” bit by Don Ohlmeyer, one of NBC’s presidents.
Ohlmeyer said that this was due to low ratings, but everyone believed it had to do with the O.J. jokes. Apparently, O.J. Simpson and Ohlmeyer were very good friends.
Adrien Brody’s Epic Improvisation Failure
Sometimes going off script works out, and sometimes it ends up being a disaster. This was the case when Adrien Brody hosted SNL back in 2013. When he was announcing the musical guest Sean Paul, Brody decided it would be a good idea to come out wearing faux dreadlocks and speaking in an exaggerated Jamaican accent.
He went off on a rant. Viewers didn’t react well to the segment, finding it quite racist, and of course, Brody was never to be seen on SNL again.
Kanye West Makes a Fool of Himself
Kanye West never fails to deliver drama. West was performing on SNL in 2018, wearing a very red “Make America Great Again” hat, and when the show was over, he went on a rant.
Of course, everybody pulled out their phones and started filming. West started talking about Donald Trump, saying he fully supported him and his presidential run. The audience fell silent, and everybody just looked incredibly awkward.