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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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61.

avi    

She was horrible! she was lipsinking and had no axcuse that "she needeed to save her voice for the real show" the "music" she played was terrible and tasetless
her "sexy" moves made me want to puke! and I'm a guy!
I hope this is the last time she is invited to apere on SNL!!

710 days ago
62.

MGM    

I heard even Ashlee Simpson thought Rihanna's lip syncing wasn't very good!!

710 days ago
63.

Marvin     

Herpes flair up!!!

710 days ago
64.

Seldombinlaid    

Maybe she does need Chipmunk Brown as her manager. He'll only get paid for each appearance.

710 days ago
65.

Dr. Dave    

Diva behavior from a skank unworthy of such an inflated ego. I've read where she was a diva on the set of "Battleship", too, and everybody hated her guts.

Go back to working street corners, tramp...

710 days ago
66.

Gsharon 710    

I could never believe the image put before us about a sweet helpless beauty that was beat by her boyfriend and she played no part other than victim.
I sae a picture of her brother lying on top of her, and that says a lot about a person's character.

710 days ago
67.

Chad    

Of course she felt well enough to keep patting her vagina. She also pimp slapped it at one point. It was gross.

710 days ago
68.

Muppet    

I'm worried about this one. Her looks seem to be going the way of the drug addicted look. From the comments I'm reading something is clearly taking its toll on her singing as well. I hope she seeks help sooner than later. Her managers should be jumping all over this.

710 days ago
69.

laura    

she seems to have quite the attitude. not sure where that comes from for a very sleazy, mildly talented arrogant, unintelligent young 'woman'

710 days ago
70.

Bwoy dem    

She seems to have caught a bad case of the Lohan.

710 days ago
71.

American Patriot    

She's dirty...as in trash. Gives a bad name to all upstanding african americans...

love,
america.

710 days ago
72.

Misty    

Save her VOICE for the live show? LMAO what a joke! And are they sure she missed dress rehearsal and NOT soundcheck? She's horrible live... These divas for no reason.

710 days ago
73.

Meanie    

Why ANYONE thinks this skank is talented is beyond me. I'll be glad to see her stupid skank ass declare inevitable bankruptcy and fade into oblivion.

710 days ago
74.

Garg    

She's a skank and she sucked last night. They should never, ever have her on there again....and for the record, RiRi is the stupidest f#$^ing name for her.

710 days ago
75.

Jenny Riley    

What the hell is this woman famous for other than that stupid umbrella song, getting her face beaten in by that creep Brown and showing off her body every chance she gets? Her 15 mins were up years ago and she has no talent to speak of. Sick of her, she's in the same category as logan and lovato. She needs to go away.

710 days ago
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