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    This Was the Worst "SNL" Host of All Time, Cast and Crew Say

    The montage of hugs at the end of each Saturday Night Live episode makes you feel like everything behind the scenes is peachy. While the cast and their guest hosts do generally seem to get along, there have been some exceptions. One SNL host stands out among the rest as the worst of all-time: Steven Seagal. Amid many pretty problematic guests in studio 8H, Seagal takes the cake for worst SNL host ever, according to the cast and crew. To learn about why Seagal is banned forever, read on, and for another regrettable guest, This Is the Worst Guest Today Has Ever Had, Host Says.Seagal's behavior on SNL back in 1991 was bad enough to have him banned from ever being welcomed back again. The host wasn't responsible for causing a ruckus, a fire, or a media storm—he was just extremely unfunny and inflexible. According to Looper, although Seagal did act like a bit of a diva during his week at SNL, that was apparently more forgivable than his failure of a performance on the show.Co-creator and producer Lorne Michaels confirmed his contempt for Seagal during a 1992 episode hosted by Nicolas Cage. During Cage's opening monologue, he said the audience members probably think he's "the biggest jerk who's ever been on the show," to which Lorne responded, "No, no. That would be Steven Seagal."Michaels isn't the only SNL staffer to display disdain for Seagal. While playing "Plead the Fifth" on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in 2015, former SNL cast member David Spade admitted that Seagal was "tough to work with." Spade said it was hard because Seagal was not willing to play along, which is the whole basis for the show.On Aug. 5, while on Rob Lowe's new podcast, Literally!, Spade said the root of Seagal's struggle was his unwillingness to let loose, make fun of himself, and trust the writers and comedians.Another cast member during Seagal's hosting, Tim Meadows, discussed the infamous show in the book Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests. "The biggest problem with Steven Seagal," Meadows said, "was that he would complain about jokes that he didn't get, so it was like—you can't explain something to somebody in German if they don't speak German. He just wasn't funny, and he was very critical of the cast and writing staff. He didn't realize that you can't tell somebody they're stupid on Wednesday and expect them to continue writing for you on Saturday."Looper calls the Seagal episode "the biggest train wreck in SNL's storied history." They claim that NBC has tried to the best of their ability to ensure that no clips of the episode can be found—the whole episode was even omitted from the season when it was released to Netflix.If you're wondering what other celebrities have been banned from the long-running variety show, keep reading. And for more bad behavior from the stars, check out An Airport Employee Rating Celebrities Based on How Rude They Are. 1 Martin LawrenceEarly on in his career, comedian Martin Lawrence hosted SNL but never got the chance to do so again. During his 1994 hosting gig, Lawrence unleashed a disturbing rant during his monologue about women's personal hygiene. Lawrence told the female viewers, "You got to wash properly," along with some more offensive instructions.However, during a Jan. 2020 interview on The Breakfast Show, Lawrence claimed he was not banned from SNL, just "banned from NBC at the time for a minute." He added, "But then they realized the way it went down wasn't what they thought, and then they sent me an apology letter." 2 Louise LasserLouise Lasser was reportedly the first person to be banned from SNL. According to Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live, the actor was banned because she "rambled incoherently" during meetings, "refused to do pieces that had been written for her," and locked herself in her dressing room 20 minutes before the show began. And for some bold celebrity statements, here are 11 Celebrities Who Claim They've Seen UFOs. 3 Adrien BrodyOscar-winning actor Adrien Brody is no longer welcome on the SNL stage. While Brody was hosting the show in May 2003, Brody donned a deadlock wig and a sweatband featuring the Jamaican flag on his wrist while introducing the show's musical guest, Sean Paul. Brody really got in trouble when he started ad-libbing in an ambiguously Jamaican accent, which many found to be racist. And for more stars who have been called out, check out these Celebrities Who Were Fired After Being Accused of Racism. 4 FearPunk band Fear insulted the audience and trashed the set during their performance as musical guests in 1981, earning them a lifetime ban from SNL. The damages to the set and equipment added up to about $200,000. During a 2015 interview, lead singer Lee Ving said that, following the performance, he was told, "They'll never be shown on Saturday Night Live again." And for more fun content delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter. 5 Sinead O'ConnorIrish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor infamously tore a photo of Pope John Paul II during her rendition of Bob Marley's "War" when she was the musical guest on SNL in 1992. This was as much of a surprise to the SNL staff as it was to the audience, so it earned her a lifetime ban."I thought they wouldn't let me if I asked them," O'Connor said in an interview with The Day After. Following the performance, O'Connor recalled, "There was a deathly silence for about half an hour … The doors were all closed [and] they were all screaming at my manager." And for more celebrities who have spoken out about mental health struggles, check out these Celebrities That Have Spoken About Their Depression.

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    Yahoo News Canada

    Throwing 'shade' at Trump: Former White House photographer Pete Souza says president doesn't have an 'ounce of empathy or compassion'

    In advance of the U.S. presidential election in November, a new film The Way I See It spotlights former White House chief photographer Pete Souza as he reflects on both the Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan presidencies, and how they differ from Donald Trump.At the core of the film directed by Dawn Porter, which was part of the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), is how respect for the office of the president and empathy for the people of America is critically important for anyone in that role. The message comes across by looking back at some of the most impactful and interesting photographs taken throughout Souza’s career at the White House.“I want people to think about what kind of person, what kind of human being do we want in the office of the presidency,” Souza told Yahoo Canada. “Do we want somebody who’s confident, respectful, dignified, ethical, moral or do we want somebody who’s a liar, who bullies people, who thinks the presidency is about him.”“Those are the two choices between the current president and Joe Biden, because Joe Biden has those same leadership qualities and human qualities as Barack Obama and Donald Trump has none of them.”Throwing ‘shade’ at TrumpSouza, who has photographed arguably the most notable Democratic and Republican presidents in U.S. history (although he had significantly more access to Obama), never sought out being featured in a documentary. He got the attention of Laura Dern and her production company’s team, who ended up attending one of Souza’s book talks and eventually convincing him to participate.The legendary photographer mostly kept his political opinions to himself but when Trump became U.S. president, he had to speak up and call out the behaviour and rhetoric he disagreed with. Souza started getting attention on social media when he began making using his images of Obama to compare the two presidents on Instagram, eventually collecting them into a book call “Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents.”While the “shade” is addressed throughout the film, it also shows that stark contrast between the photographs taken of Trump versus Obama. Authentic, emotional and humanizing moments that were able to be captured by Souza seemingly do not exist of President Trump.“I don’t know that they exist,” Souza said. “The one time we saw him supposedly consoling families was after those two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, and they virtually showed all the video footage behind the scenes, that was all about him wanting to be treated like a rock star, he didn’t really console anybody.”“He just doesn’t have an ounce of empathy or compassion inside of him, that’s not who he is, everything’s about himself, it’s not about other people. I don’t know that those images exist because that’s not the kind of human being he is.”The importance of the still image for historyIf anyone was at all doubting the power of a still image, The Way I See It showcases the undeniable way Souza’s images, of both joyous and upsetting moments, can instantly impact your emotions.Some of the many notable images of Obama include the former U.S. president and officials in the situation room during the Bin Laden raid, five-year-old Jacob Philadelphia touching Obama’s hair in the Oval Office, and several touching images of Obama with his daughters and wife, Michelle. Souza released another book titled “Obama: An Intimate Portrait,” a visual biography of the Obama presidency.“[The still image] can evoke emotion in a more visceral way than video,” Souza explains “Everybody brings their own background and prejudices when looking at a still image, but at the same time it is a universal language and I think people can relate to an image and know that it's authentic, as soon as they see it.”Not only are these images beautiful but they also shape history, capturing moments in time for future generations to see, be informed and learn from.Moving forward, if Biden becomes the next U.S. president after the November election, Souza does plan to call Biden and “remind him that the job of the official White House photographer is to document the presidency for history.”“In order to do that, he needs to give his photographer the kind of access that I had with President Obama,” Souza said. “The Biden administration can make a determination on whether those images are made public or not, but for history, he's got to make sure that his photographer has access, and I have no doubt that Biden will understand that.”

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