8 Biggest SNL Scandals – F-Bombs, Insensitive Jokes and Much More

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Saturday Night Live has all kinds of satire and sometimes some of the members go overboard and enter a very offensive and/or mean territory. But as Jude Law once said, what can we say? Live TV!

Nexter.org prepared you a list of biggest scandals stars had to apologize for.

Kristen Stewart

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Kristen Stewart hosted SNL in February 2017, and she was so happy and overwhelmed that at the end of her monologue she said that appearing on SNL was “the coolest [f-word] thing ever.” She instantly realized what she’d done and apologized.

“I felt so bad about it,” Stewart told USA Today. “I just came offstage apologizing profusely and being like, ‘I’m so sorry, that’s not something I thought was going to happen.'” However, it appeared to be not that big of a deal. “And they were really nice about it. They were like, ‘We still have an entire show to do, don’t think about it.'”

 

Ashlee Simpson

Source: Dana Edelson/NBCU

In October 2004, pop sensation Ashlee Simpson booked a SNL episode to perform her hit “Pieces of Me.” When she returned for her customary second appearance the band started to play a different song … while Simpson began to sing “Pieces of Me”. It turned out that she was lip-syncing to a pre-recorded track.

In the end, Jude Law, the host of the episode said, “What can I say? Live TV!” Later Simpson attempted to explain what happened. “I feel so bad, my band started playing the wrong song and I didn’t know what to do, so I thought I’d do a hoedown,” she said. “I’m sorry!”

 

Bill Murray

Source: Youtube

According to Variety, many people didn’t like Murray (probably mostly because they didn’t think he was a decent replacement for Chevy Chase) so much that he made an apology on the sixth episode of SNL in 1977. He said, “I don’t think I’m making it on the show. I’m a funny guy but I haven’t been so funny on the show.” He also added that he’s just not funny “at the right time.” And as we see now, that definitely worked.

 

Pete Davidson

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On November 3, 2018, Davidson showed a couple of photos of people, including Texas hopeful Dan Crenshaw, running for various offices and made jokes about them. Talking about Crenshaw’s eyepatch he said, “you may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie,” and then added, “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever.”

And well, he actually did. Crenshaw is a former Navy SEAL, and he lost his eye in Afghanistan in an IED explosion. The National Republican Congressional Committee asked for an apology, and on the next episode of SNL, Davidson appeared alongside Crenshaw and said, “In what I’m sure was a huge shock for people who know me, I made a poor choice last week. I mean this from the bottom of my heart. It was a poor choice of words. The man is a war hero, and he deserves all the respect in the world.”

The apology was accepted and then the phone of Crenshaw rang and everybody heard his ringtone – “Breathin'” by Ariana Grande, Davidson’s former fiancée.

 

Sinead O’Connor

Source: Youtube

In October 1992, Sinead O’Connor performed a song by Bob Marley called “War.” While singing the final lines — “as we are confident in the victory of good over evil” — she took a photograph of Pope John Paul II, tore it into little pieces and said, “Fight the real enemy!”

The California Chapter of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said that “millions of Catholics in California are incensed at this blatant defamation of the leader of the Catholic Church.”

NBC in their turn stated that “it goes without saying that NBC does not condone what Ms. O’Connor did. We would never authorize something like that.”

 

Mike Myers

Source: AP/Mark J. Terrill

In SNL‘s “Wayne’s World” sketches, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey played Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, a couple of metalheads who host a show where they commented of current events and “babes.”

In a “Top 10 List” of things to look for in the upcoming Clinton administration, number two was “first daughter” Chelsea Clinton. Speaking about Chelsea’s appearance, Myers said, “while it’s true that adolescence has been thus far unkind, we think she’s gonna be a future fox.” And she was only 12 years old at that time.

Hilary Clinton said that “it’s mean and nasty to pick on Chelsea’s appearance. I think it’s sad that people don’t have anything better to do than be mean to a child.” Myers wrote an apology letter. “I felt awful. It was not my intention to make fun a of a 12-year-old but to say, ‘We think you’re a future fox. That it got misinterpreted sickened me to my stomach,” Myers told Macleans.

 

Chevy Chase

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Let’s be honest, Chevy Chase is a mean guy. When he became a host on SNL, Terry Sweeney, the cast member said, “we were all so excited because to us, Chevy was like a god and when he got there, he was a monster.”

Chase said that the father of Robert Downey Jr. “used to be a successful director” and that his career had died and “he sure went to hell.” And here’s what he said to Sweeney, the show’s first openly gay cast member. “I’ve got an idea for a sketch for you, how about we say you have AIDS and we weigh you every week?”

The show’s managers were mad and embarrassed by his behavior so they made him apologize. “He was really furious that he had to apologize to me.”

 

Larry David

Source: Youtube

In 2017 Larry David hosted Saturday Night Live. He said a couple jokes about Jewish people and then moved on to joke about World War II concentration camps. David questioned if he’d been a young man in Poland during the Holocaust “and was sent to a concentration camp, would I still be checking out women in the camp?” After that, he mentioned that “there are no good opening lines in a concentration camp.”

The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish advocacy organization, wrote a tweet about this: “He managed to be offensive, insensitive & unfunny all at the same time. Quite a fear.”

On the next SNL episode, David appeared in a fake commercial for the Democratic National Committee where he was playing a role of Senator Bernie Sanders, who furiously claimed that they need to fight politically insensitive comedy, especially “these comics out there who think it’s okay to make jokes about concentration camps. That guy should rot in hell.”

Have you ever witnessed something like this live on TV?


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