Kenan Thompson Responds to Samuel L. Jackson's SNL Ban Claims

Kenan Thompson Responds to Samuel L. Jackson’s SNL Ban Claims

Kenan Thompson recently responded to claims by Samuel L. Jackson that he was banned from NBC’s longtime variety show Saturday Night Live.

Kenan Thompson recently responded to claims by Samuel L. Jackson that he was banned from the long-running NBC variety show Saturday Night Live. Kenan has been a cast member since 2003 and currently holds the record for the longest-serving player in the series’ history. Kenan showed no desire to leave Saturday Night Live soon and expressed a desire to exceed the 20 seasons of the series.

During the December 15, 2021 episode hosted by SNL-alun Martin Short, Jackson made an appearance in Kenan’s popular skit, “What’s Up with That?”, where the host (Kenan) repeatedly interrupts his guests with song and dance numbers much to their chagrin . When it came time for Jackson to get angry, the actor exclaimed, “Dude, damn it!“After a brief silence, Kenan improvises,”C’mon, Sam.” to which Jackson responds with, “It’s bullshit !“Kenan continues with another improvisation,”Go now. It costs money.After the incident, Jackson repeatedly claimed that he had been banned from SNL Therefore.


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Visiting The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonKenan responded to Jackson’s claim that the actor was banned from SNL. Asked about the incident and the ban, Kenan rebuked the claim and added, “I don’t have the power to do that. I don’t know why he thinks that.“Kenan then looks at one of the cameras as if speaking directly to Jackson and apologizes,”Hey, Sam? It’s all right, brother. You are welcome anytime from what I hear.Kenan then revisited the moment and detailed what went wrong. Read what Kenan said below.

“He dropped the F-bomb on the show and he said I was supposed to cut him off before that, but the cue card, it was just an ‘F’ on the cue card. He didn’t wasn’t like the whole word was there. So I thought he was just going to do like a wrong move and stop at “f-“, you know what I mean? But he practiced background because, you know, I guess it’s some type of method.”

“He did it twice! When he did it the first time, I was like, ‘Oh, snap. He did it and I didn’t get it,” or anything. “I didn’t cut it in time. ‘ It just happened. I was like, ‘Okay, whatever. It was pretty cool.’ But we’re sort of expecting the F-word from Sam Jackson, so no harm done. Then he doubled down and said it again, and I was like, ‘Yo, homie, we gotta pay for this.'”

“Yeah, but he’s mad at me for that. So my fault bro. I didn’t think he was gonna do it like that. Come anytime. It’s Sam Jackson – who don’t want Sam Jackson on the show?”

Samuel L. Jackson Saturday Night Live

Jackson first blamed Kenan in a Twitter post in which the actor said he never finished the f-word, only part of it. Although Jackson continues to claim he’s been banned from the show, most recently on Ellen’s Show, it seems that his assertion is only a joke. Since Kenan is still just a cast member, he doesn’t have the authority to ban anyone from the show. Lorne Michaels, creator of Saturday Night Liveis the only one who can effectively ban anyone from being on the show. However, it is alleged that former NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer had comedian Norm MacDonald removed from the show’s Weekend Update segment and then was eventually fired from the show entirely.

Although there have been quite a few celebrities who have been banned from SNL in his many decades on the air, like Kanye West for a political rant during the show’s “good nights” segment or Adrien Brody for his racist Jamaican caricature, there have yet to be any firings or dismissals. ban resulting from foul language. Ancient SNL Band member Paul Schaffer once said the f-word during a sketch in 1980 where he was supposed to say the word “flogging. Still, the musician returned multiple times for many years thereafter. In a 2018 episode of the show, Sam Rockwell played a teacher frustrated by two unfocused kids and dropped the F-bomb and he didn’t received a ban. Although Jackson has yet to return to Saturday Night LiveKenan reassured the actor that there is no ban and the actor can come back whenever he wants.

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Source: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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