For some reason, Saturday Night Live has been on the air for longer than most of us have been alive, and even though it hasn’t been funny since most of us have been alive, it’s a pretty well-oiled machine. Executive Producer Lorne Michaels is legendary for being harsh and combative behind the scenes with a strict routine that must be followed every show. One of those being a dress rehearsal that is done in front of the studio audience before the actual live show. Rihanna said fuck all dat, mon. Call me now fer ya free readin’. Da cards don’ lie!! Or something like that. I don’t know. I wasn’t there, man! TMZ reports:
According to our sources, RiRi called in sick for the dress rehearsal, which is done live in front of a studio audience right before the actual show….Our sources say that in her place, Rihanna’s choreographer danced to her songs. When Rihanna showed up later looking just fine, we’re told the staff was shocked … and felt she didn’t appear sick enough to have missed the dress rehearsal … though no one from the show called her on it. According to our sources, once the live show got going, Rihanna was seen eating an apple and walking around in between songs … which bothered several staffers because she did not seem ill at all. We’re told producers can’t even remember the last time someone has skipped the dress rehearsal.
This may have bothered or confused the show’s staff members, but please keep in mind, Rihanna smokes a shit ton of weed. She probably just assumed she was on stage in her mind.