Nokyoung Xayasane
May 07, 2012

Rihanna Bails on SNL Dress Rehearsal — Angers Cast

Rihanna was a no-show for this weekend’s Saturday Night Live dress rehearsal, which angered producers and head honcho, Lorne Michaels.

RiRi called in sick right before the live studio audience dress rehearsal, but was seen looking quite well before the show. She was seen walking about the studio, leisurely eating an apple, which had cast members scratching their heads.

Sources say that Rihanna went to every rehearsal except for the final one because she felt too ill. “Rihanna was sick and needed to save her voice for the live show,” said a rep for the Birthday Cake singer. It’s been said that a doctor came to RiRi’s dressing room before the show and administered a penicillin shot.

Rihanna performed a bit of the Birthday Cake tune which led quickly to Talk That Talk. Controversy surrounded Birthday Cake earlier this year when Rihanna released a remix featuring her ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown, who viciously beat her in 2009.

The last performance by the Barbadian songstress was her newest single Where Have You Been, which sounded less shaky than her earlier performances (due to echoey mic issues).

Sick or not, Rihanna seemed to hold it down for her live performances. Maybe next time, we can get a taste of RiRi’s acting chops. Hopefully by then, Lorne Michaels will have forgiven and forgotten.