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by Missing Dress Rehearsal

5/6/2012 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rihanna was a no-show for her final rehearsal for "Saturday Night Live" last night -- which did not sit well with the show's producers, including head man Lorne Michaels ... TMZ has learned.

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. We're told Michaels takes dress rehearsals very seriously and was quite upset when Rihanna bailed at the last minute.

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.

Sources close to Rihanna tell TMZ she went through every rehearsal except the dress rehearsal (which she was in the building for) because she just felt too ill to do it. We're told RiRi had a doctor come to her dressing room before the show and administer a shot of penicillin before she went on. 

A rep for the singer tells TMZ, "Rihanna was sick and needed to save her voice for the live show."


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She's garbage.

900 days ago


I thought her performance was horrible. She could not even keep up with her own song with her pre recorded sound. Big quality drop for her, perhaps she sould have attended the rehersal!

900 days ago

Cognizant _illiberal    

And she lip synced and her song sucked

900 days ago


Gutter trash!

900 days ago

Vernon P. Alarcon    

That sucks but I'm not surprisedand at least she was good. Manning probably showed up for every rehearsal and he still sucked big time. Something needs to change on SNL. How can the whole show be filled with not funny skits?

900 days ago

Cognizant _illiberal    

seriously look at the picture of her on this article she looks like a freekin pug dog

900 days ago


why was this skank allowed to perform after pulling that crap--hell, i would have preferred to watch and listen to the SNL band instead of her!! She's trash.

900 days ago

Throwback kid    

I notice TMZ just does not get the amount of comments it used to get. I think this is because there is too much trivail stuff that generate no interest and too much Kardashian stuff. TMZ may go under because of this

900 days ago


Add her to the list of proven liars.

900 days ago

Wash. Hts. Girl    

"injection of penicillin" and then she felt fine....did somebody read the actual vial....? Don't know exactly what's up with her, but I highly doubt that an injection of penicillin would work that quickly that she'd be able to go from not being able to perform to being able to perform. Don't believe the penicillin alibi, something else was going on.

900 days ago


"We're told RiRi had a doctor come to her dressing room before the show and administer a shot of penicillin before she went on. "

Are you kidding me ? PCN is not like some kind of energy booster, who gets a shot of that junk right before a show ? Maybe she was frettin' about her herpes and somebody told her PCN would make her feel better.

Rihanna, stop sleeping with everything on two legs and you might live longer.

900 days ago


Her first performance was funny. Whenever she would hold the microphone by her stomach, her voice was still going with the same volume as when she had the microphone by her mouth. I can understand Chris Brown lip synching every time he is on tv. He dances and moves nonstop. But her performance. I don't think she stepped more than 3 steps in either direction. She can't be out of breathe. I guess she just has no talent. I guess she is a product of music producers, that make people sound good with computers.

900 days ago


Unprofessional. I didn't like her constant P_ssy rubbin for her first performance. She is filthy. Take a bath RiRi.

900 days ago


Why does SNL like picking on her?

Everyone knows she has a standing engagement every Saturday night at 9pm to show the movie of the week on her forehead.

I mean, c'mon.

900 days ago

myopinion not use her or any other celeb that can't follow the rules...put your foot down with these people...They think they are above the SAD!!!!!

900 days ago
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