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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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A shot of penicillin? Someone got a case of syphilis?

898 days ago


She was too busy romping on the beach and poolside in HI topless. She should find a rehab facility for hypersexualized, narcissistic exhibitionists before she totally destroys what left of her stripping career. People like RiRi often have childhood sexual abuse issues that they haven't come to grips with.

898 days ago


You could tell! Her lip syncing was even out of sync and were those suppose to be called dance moves? She is a trainwreck ready to happen.

898 days ago


She is Rihanna she is not no newbie or 3 hit wonder lol she is a major ****ing star & if i was a big deal & i missed a dress rehearsal for a show that will get huge ratings because people just want to see me i would not tolerate **** from nobody if you don't like tha way i work **** you im out have a wash up do a show for you lets see how many views you get then bitch!!!!!! But if that was Britney spears & she missed a dress rehearsal the ****ing staff wouldn't say **** to tmz or nobody because they know not to mess with MISS BRITNEY SPEARS or they would be **** up & if i was a huge pop star **** snl ill do mad tv:)

898 days ago



898 days ago


she's a no talent d*bag. Way to into herself.

898 days ago


The fact they said the doc gave her penicillin makes it sound totally bogus, because there's nothing fast- acting about an antibiotic, so it all sounds like a cop out for a snotty punk kid who doesn't want to be told what to do soher agent got a doc to come in to try to create a credible situation. How sadly typical of entitled young celebs.

898 days ago

Wendy A.    

Mr. Michaels should never invite her back, and my guess is they will not!

898 days ago

juggalo 6    

I don't believe her. What was the doctor's name?

898 days ago


Omg, that's such ****. The paps follow everyone, dont
go around using the race card. LILO showed up 3 hours late for Glee and she has been getting **** for that all week. Riri shouldn't have been let on, she isnt
above the 200 people who work for SNL. Plus, I don't
think it was a shot of penicillin, but rather some form of narcotics.

898 days ago


the world is a safer place due to that shot! Long time coming.

898 days ago


She's a star.. Let her do what she wants to do. I'm sure SNL have seen worse

898 days ago

Kelly Kelly    

I don't know if any of you know, but Rih has put out back to back albums, jet setting the world, partying, and it's time for her to sit her Barbadian behind down. That's not excuse for her to skip dress rehearsals, but she needs to park it. Asap.

898 days ago


let`s call it a bulls then !!!!

898 days ago


Her arrogant expression says it all...FU, world!

898 days ago
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