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Rihanna

Angers 'SNL' Producers

by Missing Dress Rehearsal

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

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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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46.

Bu    

Lorne Michaels needs to get over himself!

897 days ago
47.

CindyLou    

I fast forwarded through her appearances - she has no talent whatsoever. All tacky flash and no substance. Someone needs to tell her it's Saturday Night LIVE, not Saturday Night LIPSYNC.

897 days ago
48.

Sunset    

Dumb skank had pubic lice. That's she was rubbing her nasty cooch on live television.

897 days ago
49.

Dennis Johnson    

SNL is just a bunch of AS- HOLES!If they don't like something they act just like little GIRLS and the world should stop because these AHs don't like it.I am glad that RiRi put those llittle babys to bed.F SNL!

897 days ago
50.

Carl    

I'm amazed this hugely overrated performer is still so popular.

897 days ago
51.

Anonymous    

What was with the improper touching included in her dancing. Perhaps they should not have her back again until she learns how to use her hands like a lady instead of dancing like a pig.

897 days ago
52.

luckycat    

She can't even sing on a pre-recorded track.She can"t dance. She is so bad she makes Paula Abdul look Tony/Emmy worthy.All of today's music is a fraud.Even with a destroyed voice Whitney could sing her off the stage.O.D. ON THE WAY.I wish Clive would have her knocked off,too.

897 days ago
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bkwardstraveler    

Probably gives terrible head too. "Not on my face and definitely not in my hair...pleeze"

897 days ago
54.

Angie    

Penicilin,huh??? I think the medication she got was called something else...-_-

897 days ago
55.

USArmy    

The reason she can get away with this crap is she knows Michaels doesn't have the balls to fire her.

897 days ago
56.

ria    

Rihanna was sick and needed to save her voice for the live show."? And this is the same girl that's on a Youtube clip saying she smoke cigarettes before she performs, lol. Get this fake singing bitch off the stage. She doesn't and never sings live, she lip synch.

897 days ago
57.

w    

looks like this "butterfly monarch" is having problems with the program, just a glitch in the MK ultra, after her breakdown she'll get re-adjusted.

897 days ago
58.

Niki    

Wow - all I could think after watching her was - yay, another stripper with a recording contract. She's on her way out - can't sing, acts like a total skank, seeya in the clearance bin RiRi

897 days ago
59.

tilly     

SNL used to be so funny. They have a great regular cast,but the skits are just silly now.They have turned slapstick. I love the news update with seth, but the rest needs a good update. The unfunny skits also go on far to long, dragging out a bad thing.

897 days ago
60.

PG    

Her performance sucked!

897 days ago
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