Samuel L. Jackson is hilarious, so it is odd that the Oscar winner has not been brought back on New York’s famed sketch comedy, Saturday Night Live in a decade.
Kenan Thompson spoke to Jimmy Fallon on the The Tonight Show about Jackson’s previous time on SNL. Jackson reportedly claimed the reason behind his ban from the show was because Thompson failed to cut his curse word off and said: “f—” twice on air during his classic “What’s Up With That” sketch back in 2012. The cue card read for Jackson to reportedly only read the letter f, not the entire word.
“I don’t have the authority to do that,” the Kenan star added in regards to the alleged ban.
“When he did it the first time, I was processing, like, ‘Oh snap, he did it and I didn’t make it or whatever, I didn’t cut him off in time.’ That just happened. […] But we kind of expect the f-word out of Sam Jackson, so no harm done. But then he doubled down and said it again, and I was like, ‘Yo, my man, we gotta pay for those.’”
During the interview, Thompson asked if Jackson could come back on the show.
“Hey, Sam. It’s all good, bro,” he began while looking directly into the camera. “You’re welcome anytime, from what I’ve been hearing. He’s been mad at me for that, so my bad, bruh, you know what I’m saying? I didn’t think he was gonna do it like that, but…come on in whenever you want. It’s Sam Jackson, who doesn’t want Sam Jackson on the show?”
Watch Kenan’s remarks on the situation below: