Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg formed an unexpected on-screen friendship bridging different corners of the entertainment world. Sure, they’re both wealthy personalities, but that’s about where similarities — only appear — to end. At first glance, the odd pair feels like a media farce. The authentic admiration between the 79-year-old lifestyle mogul and the 48-year-old West Coast rapper perhaps best known for "Gin and Juice" and his affinity for weed reveals something deeper.
Snoop first built this career with producer-rapper Dr. Dre on the iconic album, The Chronic, in 1992. Snoop launched into stardom with his breakout album, Tha Doggfather. He continued to adapt from gangsta rap to hip hop and made reggae and gospel albums. Snoop’s personality carved out a long-lasting impact thanks to his humor, vocabulary, and advocacy of marijuana well before legalization.
Martha is also no stranger to reinvention. One of the celebrity chefs who started her culinary career late, Martha is self-taught from reading Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She turned a successful catering business into multiple bestselling books, a media company, a television show, and namesake products. She turned full gangster when accusations of insider trading turned into a five-month prison sentence in 2004. She was soon released and returned to her career.
So, how did these two powerhouses become peak zeitgeist? Turns out the pair might have met in the kitchen — where else? But like their careers, it took time and some elbow grease for their friendship to blossom.
Martha and Snoop Dogg’s friendship started while making a bowl of mashed potatoes in 2008
The two first united on daytime television over a creamy bowl of mashed potatoes. According to the Martha Stewart Living website, Martha first invited Snoop onto The Martha Stewart Show back in 2008. In true cooking show fashion, Martha and Snoop went through the motions of making one of Stewart’s signature recipes. Snoop flavored in a few vocabulary words that Martha had yet to learn. Martha kept the duo on task while playing the straight man to Snoop’s sly humor.
At face value, it still isn’t clear why the duo’s chemistry worked, but the seeds were sown for a shrewd businesswoman who is no stranger to the camera. "What an odd couple we were," Martha said as a guest on NBC’s Today Show. Snoop explained that the lifestyle tycoon’s choice to bring on rappers broke ground with new faces on daytime television. "Martha kind of, like, pioneered this," Snoop told NBC. "As far as letting rappers become a part of daytime television because we weren’t accepted." Martha joked members of the hip-hop community were too "odd" to be an obvious choice. Instead, Martha’s brand of being the welcoming domestic denizen turned out to be more than just an on-screen act.
Snoop Dogg returned to Martha Stewart’s show to make brownies in 2009
The two returned to the kitchen to see if Snoop could once again butter up the host of The Martha Stewart Show. Producers brilliantly capitalized on Snoop’s famous personal interests by featuring a stoner’s favorite dessert during the cooking session. The beauty is seeing Stewart hold her own with the quips as she instructed the rapper and the audience about making the chocolate dessert. Each held their own by staying on brand, with Martha’s "straight-man" retorts and Snoop’s humor, creating unexpected banter and true TV magic.
During his second appearance on the daytime talk show, Oprah Magazine reported Snoop couldn’t help but make several allusions to the disproportionate size of the "ounces" of chocolate she measures out — perhaps not the ounces he’s used to seeing? — and making green-colored brownies. In the perfect set-up, Stewart asked the hip-hop artist to set the oven to 350 degrees for the baked goods. In response, Snoop joked, "Why not bake them at 420 degrees?" The audience, of course, broke out in laughter, and Stewart didn’t break character.
Snoop Dogg started making online shoutouts to Martha Stewart as his inspiration
Snoop started to confirm his relationship with Martha might be more than some screen banter thanks to his frequent shoutouts to the fellow icon. Vulture found that as early as 2010, Snoop made references to their budding friendship by seeking advice from the famous entertainer who doesn’t shy away from a challenging meal.
Snoop called on Martha while asking for her help throwing Prince William a bachelor party in 2010. The tweet said, "Hi, Sunshine, need some goodies for Prince William’s bachelor party." He asked her to "bring the snacks." Stewart never responded publicly, but the jest is still endearing. It’s no surprise the hip hop star would turn to her for party tips. Martha, after all, doesn’t just host like the rest of us. She once told Harper’s Bazaar that dinner guests at her home might enjoy homemade fettuccine with porcini mushrooms, soft-shell crabs, spinach from the garden, and lemon tarts with fraises des bois. She might just prepare hundreds of lobsters. When in Maine, right?
Snoop updated a screenshot from their brownie-baking days on Twitter in 2013 to show more of the duo’s off-screen vibes. Then, in November 2014, Snoop cited Martha as the inspiration behind a limited-edition candle he sold with his family. Martha’s lifestyle brand seems to have started to rub off on the rapper.
Martha Stewart gave Snoop Dogg a shoutout on Reddit in 2014
Martha got into the game with her own public shoutouts of the celebrity friendship. The cooking mogul hosted an Ask Me Anything thread on Reddit where fans could ask for cooking tips, crafting and organizing ideas, entertaining tricks, and healthy living. The question-and-answer platform had priceless moments, with Martha answering personal trivia about her larger-than-life habits. (Why anyone would buy Louboutins to paint over the red sole is beyond comprehension.) When asked who Martha thought would win a bake-off, her or Gordon Ramsay, she replied, "I could probably bake better than Gordon Ramsay." Just saying, we’re here for it, Martha.
One user asked, "What’s it like being friends with Snoop Dogg?" Getting straight to the point, Stewart replied, "I wish I were closer friends with Snoop Dogg." When asked whether she or Snoop would make better cookies, she replied by saying she’s "never tasted" his cookie recipes. Icing on the cake? She requested the rapper join the AMA halfway through, writing "Where’s Snoop? I have brownies FOR YOU!"
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg sat next to each other at the Roast of Justin Bieber
Martha and Snoop reunited for the Roast of Justin Bieber on Comedy Central. The random smattering of celebrities on stage certainly made for some brutal jokes, with both Snoop and Martha getting their own sets. Showing she can turn the tables on herself, USA Today reported Martha even gave Bieber some prison tips that Bieber would "inevitably" need one day.
As a guest on an episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, Stewart caused an internet stir by claiming she received a contact high by sitting next to Snoop during the four-hour taping. "I got high just sitting there," she said. "Snoop had all those, you don’t call them joints, you call them something else. Big fat ones. We had to sit on the stage for four hours, and the secondary smoke is just as powerful as regular smoke." She told Meyers that Bieber asked the lifestyle celebrity to participate, and by the time she got up to the podium, "I was totally high." Even though Martha might not typically partake in the ganja, it sounds like she doesn’t hold judgment for her counterpart who doesn’t bother with stage props.
Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart appeared on $100,000 Pyramid on ET in the summer of 2016
Nicki Swift found the pair became close in the years that followed the Bieber Roast, even appearing on an episode of ABC’s $100,000 Pyramid reboot together in 2016. On the episode, Martha works with Snoop to name fancy household items. Could this be any more in her wheelhouse? As always, Martha is cool as a cucumber with her prompts. Wearing sunglasses and appearing to take the task very seriously, Snoop answers rapid-fire. Her clue of "it was once the Turkish Empire" as a clue for a household ottoman is really brilliant. The two sweep by getting every answer correct.
Who knew Snoop Dogg knew what a pillow sham is or could pull out the word "credenza"? Granted, it gives a better idea of what his house could be like. Is this whole segment a setup? Quite possibly. Are these two seriously adorable and should do more game shows? Why, yes they are, and yes they should.
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg revealed their reality cooking show on VH1 in 2016
After once again demonstrating the two stars held onscreen chemistry, the on- and off-screen friends made their union official by the end of 2016. Entertainment Weekly reported the lifestyle maven and successful rapper would join forces for the cooking series Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party. The innuendo-filled series brought the two together in their own tricked-out kitchen for friendly competitions with more celebrities by their sides. The Potluck Dinner Party cooking show combines celebrity guests, funny chats, wacky games, and actual recipes.
Architectural Digest went on the set containing "split personalities" with two kitchen setups to mirror the personalities of the hosts. Martha’s white kitchen is gleaming compared to Snoop’s flashy purple and glitter elements. Even the tools are tricked out with 24-carat-gold measuring cups, salt shakers, and plenty of bling. The kitchens are complete with fresh herbs ready for cooking and herbs of a different sort. It’s the perfect setting for the two friends to show off their diverse strengths.
Martha Stewart explained in 2016 that she supports cannabis and CBD thanks to her friendship with Snoop Dogg
Despite her co-host’s affinity for the herb, Martha Stewart is adamant that she doesn’t smoke or ingest marijuana. The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Stewart about her working relationship with Snoop and revealed the entertainer is more relaxed around the herb. Once she decided to do the show with a notorious pot smoker, she did vow never to enter Snoop’s trailer. She reiterated she’s "not a prude" and quite progressive when it comes to the practice.
She did, however, experience the healing properties of cannabis compliments of — you guessed it — Snoop. She tried CBD ointment when she almost broke her toe when a large rock fell on it at her home in New York. The "Gin and Juice" rapper ran out to his car and delivered her a CBD-infused ointment (CBD is the non-psychoactive compound derived from hemp). She claims the toe healed within two days.
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg played a game of ‘Never Have I Ever’ on Ellen
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg went on The Ellen Show ready to play one of the host’s celebrity games. Joined by Anna Kendrick, Martha and Snoop played a game of "Never Have I Ever." Turns out, the two might have more in common than their on-screen personalities first reveal. In her usual relaxed demeanor, Stewart held up her "I Have" paddle when the group was asked if they’d ever sexted. Only Ellen DeGeneres claimed otherwise.
When questioned if she really knew what sexting was, Stewart rolled her eyes and responded, "I have used technology for a lot longer than you have, Ellen." When pushed for details, she delivered the perfect response of "none of your business" in her patented dry humor.
Martha’s never been in handcuffs, despite serving time in a low-security prison, but Snoop certainly has. Granted, so has Anna Kendrick. True to her word, Martha’s also never been stoned on a talk show. Snoop raised his paddle high, just like his answer.
Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart reenacted a scene from ‘Ghost’ for their second season of Potluck Dinner Party
In an over-the-top promotion for the second season of their show, Martha and Snoop gave the people what they wanted with a steamy scene in the kitchen. The duo released a teaser featuring a spoof of the famous "pottery scene" from the movie Ghost. In the 1990s classic, Demi Moore sits at a pottery wheel when a vintage jukebox turns on "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers. The steamy Patrick Swayze helps his love interest re-mold the clay after he ruins her first attempt. The scene is iconic for the interlaced hands, wet clay, and passion that causes them to forget the project.
Martha and Snoop put their own twist on the moment by changing out the clay for chocolate cake. The "Unchained Melody" plays at Snoop assists with his co-host while she ices a spinning cake. Each takes turns giving a wink to the camera as the cake is destroyed with their interlaced and icing caked fingers. It’s a bit gross but right on the nose.
Martha Stewart gave her blessing for the release of Snoop Dogg’s first cookbook
Snoop took after his counterpart by creating his own cookbook with on-brand recipes. In 2018, Snoop released his debut cookbook, From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes From Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen. He offers recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and even provides some ideas for entertaining. The book opens with a photo of Martha and Snoop. She even wrote a foreword promoting his ability in the kitchen but also with a mention of their close friendship over the years.
Martha writes: "Snoop and I have a special bond that dates back to when he first appeared on the Martha Stewart Show in 2008. Our relationship was born from our connection to food as we whipped up some cognac mashed potatoes and green brownies!" She also said the transition into a cooking collaboration felt inevitable. "Not only has he taught me new lingo and cultural references, he surprised me with his unique cooking techniques and recipes. I can’t wait for him to share them with the world!"
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg recreated the ‘Titanic’ scene
Martha and Snoop returned after a hiatus to host an updated version of their late-night cooking show. The duo returned to VH1 for Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Party Challenge, and they released a trailer for a third season of their show. The updated show included a competitive twist on the original two seasons. Celebrities joined the hosts and chose sides in themed cooking challenges. The hosts and guests were then joined by judges who sit down with the participants to critique their meals.
To promote the Party Challenge, Martha and Snoop recreated one of the most iconic scenes in recent film history. Straight out of James Cameron’s hit 1997 film, Titanic, Oprah Magazine reported Martha held her co-host at the edge of the counter. Snoop spreading his arms in the wind. Basically, Martha is Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and Snoop is Rose, as in Kate Winslet’s character in the film. Snoop gets an update on the classic line: "I’m frying! Martha, I’m frying!" The entire scene is complete with Celine Dion’s song from the film playing while Snoop successfully sizzles two baskets of fries.
Martha Stewart taught Snoop Dogg how to garden during quarantine on her new show ‘Martha Knows Best’
Martha and Snoop moved beyond the potluck to the garden in 2020. Martha launched a new television show on HGTV called Martha Knows Best, bringing the audience into her home. The show was apparently meant to inspire people to go outside and work on their own gardening projects. This was a chance for Stewart to highlight her gardening abilities — she’s more than just a cook, after all.
USA Today reported Martha surprised fans seeking advice by hopping on the phone and fielding video calls with celebrity friends like her Potluck Party Challenge co-host. Snoop joined the show by video chat to talk about growing plant-based food and "explor[ing] the world of container gardens." Martha gave tips to Snoop on how he could expand his supply of herbs. He joked his guy couldn’t grow while in quarantine. Instead of ganja, Martha aided Snoop in planting tomatoes for his mother.