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Rihanna

Angers 'SNL' Producers

by Missing Dress Rehearsal

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

ANSWER?? "DRUGS IN MA POCKET AND I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT" - THE MONKS. #TRUTH!!

837 days ago
17.

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?

837 days ago
18.

t    

She stunk last night and so did Eli Manning. Not funny at all...skits were very dry...for once couldnt wait til the show was over, as I was hoping it would get better...

837 days ago
19.

RamHead    

For some reason I don't believe her story.

837 days ago
20.

Joe    

Hey, do you remember when SNL was actually funny ?
Me neither !

837 days ago
21.

15six    

She has herpes. That's why Chris brown beat her. He now has herpes.

837 days ago
22.

Kari    

She was terrible--she should have rehearsed.

837 days ago
23.

Cheryl A.    

Penicillin stopped working YEARS ago because everyone forced their Doctors to give it to them when they had a cold. If she received a shot of penicillin it was just to shut her up. Besides, it never worked in an hour.

837 days ago
24.

Fat Jesus    

The only thing Rhianna is good at is being a punching bag.

837 days ago
25.

TH    

Why would she need to rehearse? She is miming to a recorded track, she doesn't play a musical instrument. She is an entertainer and not a musician. Without tabloids and Tabloid news sites like TMZ she would be forgotten in about a week. I am sorry but she is not that hot either. On top of it all, she is kind of pathetic, going back to her abusive husband. Just goes to show you, that having money has nothing to do with talent, brains, self confidence or courage...Thanks TMZ enabling trash over substance, but I guess substance is getting hard to find in the TMZ these days...

837 days ago
26.

o rly    

Your fault for hiring a talentless, hypocritical alien to appear on your show.

837 days ago
27.

Sam Karr    

SNL has been around for decades. Rihanna is a fad at best. She's dumb as a rock, can't form a coherent sentence, and doesn't have much time left on her 15 minute countdown ... thank God!

837 days ago
28.

Leon    

Maybe she should of been less worried about her dance were she slaps her vag, and maybe of worried a little more about synching her song

837 days ago
29.

renae    

She seems to be sick a lot, usually it seems as if it happens on tour. She's always being admitted to the hospital or something, I reminder this type of stuff YEARS ago when she first was touring also(GGGB days) She also starts her concerts late, maybe she's really delicate, health wise?

837 days ago
30.

Natalie    

Probably because she had to do a illuminati ritual. shes in it, and so is a lot of black rappers and white ones. She had the eye of horus, The All Seeing Eye in her show on SNL last night and every other concert. she isnt ill, she was waiting for the devil to go inside her

837 days ago
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