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17 Of The Most Wild, Unbelievable Things That Ever Happened On "SNL"

Ashlee Simpson's little dance after she got caught lip-synching lives rent-free in my mind, tbh.

We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share the most wild, unbelievable moments in Saturday Night Live history, and y'all, they did NOT disappoint. Here are 17 of the most controversial ones:

1. When Ashlee Simpson got caught lip-synching during her performance of "Autobiography," did a very awkward dance, and ran offstage:

Simpson dancing

You can watch it all go down below or on YouTube:

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2. When Kristen Stewart hosted and accidentally dropped the f-bomb in her monologue:

Stewart saying "OK so, we've got a great show and I totally care that I'm here 'cause it's the coolest fucking- oop!" and McKinnon and Bryant looking shocked

You can watch the whole monologue below or skip to 4:23 to see it all go down:

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3. When Elvis Costello stopped playing "Less Than Zero" 15 seconds into the song and performed "Radio, Radio" — a song that NBC had objected to — instead:

Costello saying "Stop! I'm sorry, but there's no reason to do this song here."

You can watch a clip of the performance below or on YouTube:

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4. When Kanye West went on an unexpected pro-Trump rant at the end of the episode he appeared on and was ultimately cut off:

You can watch the clip for yourself below or on YouTube and see Chris Rock's Instagram stories here:

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5. When Charles Rocket dropped the f-bomb during a sketch, resulting in him getting fired in the middle of the season:

Rocket in character saying ""It's the first time I've ever been shot in my life. I'd like to know who the fuck did it."

You can watch the snippet of this sketch below or on YouTube:

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6. When Sinead O’Connor ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II during her performance of Bob Marley's "War":

You can watch her whole performance of "War" below or skip to 2:50:

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7. When James Franco accidentally squirted fake blood straight into Leslie Jones' mouth during the "Gift Wrap" sketch:

Franco misaiming the fake blood and Jones looking disgusted

You can watch the whole sketch below or skip to 1:54:

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8. When Martin Lawrence went off script during his monologue, sharing his personal experiences and opinion on women's hygiene and genitals:

Martin describing oral sex with a woman who has a yeast infection in which he "comes up with dough" or pastries on his lip

Because of network policy, this part of the monologue has been edited out of reruns of the episode since it originally aired in 1994. Instead, the following graphics are displayed explaining what occurred and calling it a "frank and lively presentation" that "nearly cost us all our jobs." You can view the video on the NBC website or read the transcript from the original monologue here.

The graphic explaining Martin's commentary on women not bathing enough, his personal stories, and that SNL takes no stance on the issue.

9. When Rage Against the Machine tried to perform with upside-down American flags hanging from their amps and were escorted out of the building immediately after their first song:

The goodbyes during that episode, with Rage Against the Machine noticeably absent from the frame

You can watch their performance below:

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10. When Adrien Brody decided to improvise his introduction of musical guest Sean Paul by wearing dreadlocks, speaking in patois, and spewing a bunch of Jamaican stereotypes:

Brody in dreadlocks

You can watch his introduction below starting at 4:54:

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11. When Buck Henry hosted an entire episode of SNL with a bandaged head because John Belushi accidentally cut him with a sword during a "Samurai Stockbroker" sketch:

Henry getting hit by the sword, the cut on his head, then his bandaged head later in the episode

You can enjoy the whole sketch on or watch the moment where it all goes wrong below:

12. When Fred Armisen did an impression of then–New York Gov. David Paterson on "Weekend Update" that essentially made fun of him for being blind:

Armisen squinting and holding a graph upside down

You can watch the original "Weekend Update" segment on AND the updated 2010 impression in which Paterson himself joins Armisen onstage to comment on it:

Armisen and Paterson

13. When Fear caused a bit of a riot during their performance and were cut off mid-song with a commercial break for ~fear~ that they'd seriously damage the equipment:

The mosh pit during their performance

You can watch their whole performance below or on YouTube:

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14. When Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor did a "Word Association" job interview sketch in which both their characters said racial slurs back and forth, including Chase saying the n-word:

Pryor and Chase in the sketch

You can watch the sketch on

15. When SNL Executive Producer Dick Ebersol had the audience vote on whether or not they should keep Andy Kaufman on the show...and fans voted him out:

The phone numbers and voting totals for keep vs dump Andy, in which "dump" is winning

You can watch one of the voting videos on and get a little taste of Kaufman's unique comedy style in the video below:

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16. When Jenny Slate made a splash in her very first episode by accidentally dropping an f-bomb:

Slate looking worried

You can watch the moment it all happens below or on YouTube:

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17. And finally, when Cypress Hill started their performance of "We Ain't Goin' Out Like That" by smoking a joint live on air:

DJ Muggs saying, "They said I couldn't light my joint, you know what I'm sayin'? But we ain't going out like that."

You can watch their performance below:

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Did we miss any more wild and controversial SNL moments? Let us know in the comments below!

Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.