‘SNL’: Cast Hated Guest Host Justin Bieber

Updated book dishes dirt from behind the scenes of late-night's most beloved show


Justin Bieber

Saturday-Night-LiveWell color us (not exactly) surprised!

Teen thug Justin Bieber is officially one of the most hated guest hosts ever on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.

The completely un-shocking revelation comes from cast members of the long-running comedy series in a new book called LIVE FROM NEW YORK: AN UNCENSORED HISTORY OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE”

“I really didn’t enjoy having Justin Bieber around,” former cast member Bill ­Hader tells authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales.

“He’s the only one who lived up to the reputation. I think that’s the only time I felt that way in eight years.”

Apparently, Hader wasn’t the only one who walked away with a bad impression of the former heart throb.

“Bieber wasn’t too upset by my impression of him,” Kate McKinnon says in the book. “But he wasn’t pleased.”

Per The New York Post:

Backstage machinations, the love-hate relationship SNL staffers have with producer Lorne Michaels, the birth of classic bits — all are hashed out in the book by the show’s latest generation of writers and cast members.

Among this generation’s high points was the night Fred Armisen first impersonated then-New York Gov. ­David Paterson, who is legally blind. Armisen-as-Paterson was dropping by the Weekend Update desk to talk about taking over from disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

“Fred slid out to the Update desk from offstage,” says sketch co-writer John Mulaney — and then kept going, right past anchor Seth Meyers.

“Everyone laughed so goddamn hard,” Mulaney says. “We wrote [Paterson] like a comedian who burned everyone else, especially New Jersey. Though we didn’t want to offend anybody, it was kind of interesting to have The New York Times saying, ‘To call this humor sophomoric would be an insult to sophomores,’ and I was just like, ‘Oh, my God, how New York Times-ey.’ ”

The book — available September 9 — also recounts how an “entitled” Hilary Clinton was booked to be the first guest of the 2008 season, then backed out at the last minute, leading producers to book Barack Obama instead.  

And we all know how that race turned out.

Sean Daly

Sean Daly

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Sean Daly is a veteran entertainment journalist.His work has appeared in People, Us Weekly, The Toronto Star and other top publications. He was the west coast TV reporter for The New York Post from 2008 - 2013. Sean is the author of Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent and Teen Mom Confidential: Secrets and Scandals From MTV's Most Controversial Shows.
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