Samuel L. Jackson Says Kenan Thompson Is Responsible For His Absence On SNL!, By Ryan Steal, Posted April 22nd 2022

During a talk with guest host Leslie Jones on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Samuel L. Jackson, the iconic actor, restated his allegation that Kenan Thompson is the reason he hasn’t appeared on Saturday Night Live in nearly a decade.

“Kenan got me banned from Saturday Night Live,” he informed Jones about her former castmate on the sketch comedy show.

“He didn’t cut me off soon enough, and I said the forbidden word on television,” he claimed, referring to his use of the F-word on live television during a 2012 episode. “He was supposed to cut me off!”

Even though Jackson has not returned since the incident, EW has confirmed that there is no official suspension against him at SNL.

After making his SNL hosting debut in 1998, Jackson last appeared on a Martin Short hosted episode on December 15, 2012, in “What Up With That?” a recurring skit in which Thompson’s talk show host character repeatedly interrupts his guests by breaking into song. Only this time, when the Pulp Fiction star started cursing, he didn’t stop until he dropped a big F-bomb on the live program.

This isn’t the first time the actor has joked about Thompson, his Snakes on a Plane co-star, being blamed for the disaster, but his version has evolved over time. He had previously claimed that he had just spoken “fuh” on-air and not the exact word.

He seems to have altered his mind during his conversation with Jones. “I told him, if Sam was about to curse, you’re supposed to cut him off. You know that’s how we do it,” Jones stated that he had already discussed it with Thompson. “He didn’t?” she inquired, to which Jackson replied with a firm no. “Then I’ll speak with him about it,” she assured. “I’m going to chastise him for that.”

Let’s hope we see Jackson on Saturday Night Live again soon. Until then, he’ll be present at the Academy Awards on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC, where he’ll be fresh off getting his own honorary Oscar at Friday’s Governors Awards presentation.