For comedians just starting out, “Saturday Night Live” is the place to be. It is pretty competitive though – not all people who audition are hired on. We have come to realize that there are actually tons of really famous people who auditioned for “SNL” and were rejected. Many of them went on to find fame elsewhere and we’re pretty sure that the creator Lorne Michaels is kicking himself for rejecting a few of them. Many of these celebrities still remember their auditions like it was yesterday. Because we are so excited for the 40th anniversary episode of “Saturday Night Live,” here are 7 celebrities who the show rejected!
7. Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart really wanted a role on “Saturday Night Live,” but he didn’t make the cut. “Not only did I not get (the SNL job), I basically walked out of there feeling like I had no talent. Little to my knowledge, years come afterwards, and I’m in a position to host SNL and tell that story. Everything happens for a reason, that’s the moral to that story,” he told reporters on the red carpet for his movie “The Wedding Ringer.” “Back in the day, I actually auditioned for SNL. True story, people. I didn’t get it. No, they passed on me… It’s so long ago, you shouldn’t think about it. You’re talking about something that happened 67 months ago, 22 days, like 6 hours…It’s fine, I’m over it.”
We’re sure that he is totally over those feelings of rejection. After all, his career has totally taken off. His audition for “SNL” is definitely more of a footnote now.