Bill Hader explains why Justin Bieber was the worst ‘SNL’ musical guest

Bill Hader is not quite a Belieber.

The 39-year-old Saturday Night Live veteran made an appearance on Thursday’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen alongside his former co-star Jay Pharoah. When one caller asked them who the worst musical guest on the show was, they both agreed.

“It was [Justin] Bieber. Bieber, he just was in a bad place,” Hader admitted. “Maybe he’s in a better place, but back then it was rough.”

Pharoah, who is known for his impressions, added, “I saw Kanye [West] yank somebody,” noting the incident was more comical than bad.

“Everyone’s usually on great behavior. Everyone’s very excited and great behavior most time,” Hader added. “Yeah, Bieber’s the only one in my experience. I think it was just, he seemed exhausted or at the end of a rope.”

Hader previously called out the Biebs in 2014's Live From New York: An Uncensored History Of Saturday Night Live.

On Thursday's episode, Hader also commented on a notorious SNL musical guest – Ashlee Simpson – but didn’t reference her time on the sketch comedy show. In fact, his first role as an actor was pranking Simpson on an episode of Punk’d.

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CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber speaks to Wesley Bryan of the United States during a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber speaks to Wesley Bryan and Kevin Na of the United States during a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber looks on with Bubba Watson of the United States during a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber attends a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber attends a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber attends a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 27: Justin Bieber seen walking in SoHo on May 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - MAY 10: Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber performs for his purpose tour at D.Y. Patil Stadium, Nerul, on May 10, 2017 in Mumbai, India. Justin Bieber, a 23-year-old singer, was in India as part of the Asia leg of his Purpose World Tour. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 29: - Canadian singer Justin Bieber's performs on stage at Apoteose Sapucai Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 29, 2017. More than 30 thousand people attended the show. (Photo by FABIO TEIXEIRA/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 29: - Canadian singer Justin Bieber's performs on stage at Apoteose Sapucai Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 29, 2017. More than 30 thousand people attended the show. (Photo by FABIO TEIXEIRA/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MARCH 15, 2017: SYDNEY, NSW - (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Singer Justin Bieber gets off the plane at Sydney Airport, ahead of his concert, in Sydney, New South Wales. (Photo by Adam Taylor/Newspix/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Justin Bieber is seen on February 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: songwriter Poo Bear, singer-songwriter Justin Beiber, and Ashley Boyd pose for portrait at Poo Bear GRAMMY Party at Serafina Sunset on February 10, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28: Entertainer Justin Bieber (6) on the ice during a Celebrity Shootout hockey game played before the All-Star Skills Competition held on January 28, 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28: Entertainer Justin Bieber (6) on the ice with his celebrity teammates after a Celebrity Shootout hockey game played before the All-Star Skills Competition held on January 28, 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Justin Bieber is seen in a store on December 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Michael King/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Justin Bieber performs onstage during Z100's Jingle Ball 2016 at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeart)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Justin Bieber performs during the 2016 Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 03: Justin Bieber performs at the NOW 99.7 Triple Ho Show 7.0 at SAP Center on December 3, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 02: Singer Justin Bieber performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 presented by Capital One at Staples Center on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Justin Bieber at Tape night club on November 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
LISBON, POTRUGAL - NOVEMBER 26: Justin Bieber performs during his concert at the MEO Arena in Lisbon, Portugal on November 26, 2016. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BOLOGNA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 19: Justin Bieber performs the concert of his 'The Purpose Tour' at Unipol Arena on November 19, 2016 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Roberto Serra - Iguana Press/Redferns)
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“It was so elaborate. It was an art gallery and it was my dead brother’s artwork. She put her jacket down and somehow the jacket caught on fire and set off the sprinklers and it ruined all the artwork,” he said, noting that he had to come out yelling at her for ruining his fictional brother’s artwork.

Hader noted that he felt so bad about Simpson’s tearful reaction, that he never returned to the reality TV show.

“It was my first professional job as an actor. I felt so terrible and I was just apologizing,” he said. “I don’t think they brought me back after that because I felt too bad… She was a musical guest afterwards and I was just like, ‘I don’t even want to bring it up.’”

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