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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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76.

Misty    

And while Rihanna is self destructing, doing drugs and taking pictures of it twitter, Chris Brown just launched a successful toy line w/ proceeds going to his organization, has a number 1 single and is currently the artist with the most entries on Billboard, will be on ABC and NBC soon, and will be touring. God is good. The truth will ALWAYS come to light. Oh and he'll be at the Billboard Awards. Rihanna needs to get her life together.

846 days ago
77.

Ok liar    

What ever the doctor (wink) did it did not work she was terrible. Rihanna's sicks are just a hangover and this time it may have been an excuse for her poor performances.

846 days ago
78.

JPGR    

Save her voice for what. That performance was a total piece of s***.

846 days ago
79.

Michelle    

Save her voice? What voice? She can't f**king sing lmao

846 days ago
80.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

"A rep for the singer tells TMZ, "Rihanna was sick and needed to save her voice for the live show."" BS she wanted the crack and booze to wear off

846 days ago
81.

Telstar    

Hopefully, she won't be invited back.
Is it too late to resurrect the old rumor that it was because they had to pump her stomach after servicing a large number of gentleman callers?

846 days ago
82.

Tadzio Smeed    

Listen up and listenup good. I work on the show.
She barely sang for the camera blocking on Thursday.
She did NOT come out or sing at the technical chek-up on Saturday either.
And she did not come out at dress, Jason Sudeikis came out totelleveryone at dress that she was not gonna sing aneople were pissed. The whole show went in the crapper after that.

846 days ago
83.

Fuck Celebrities    

A shot of penicillin?

What utter bull****.

846 days ago
84.

soobeedoo    

She's nothing....

846 days ago
85.

Raejean    

Prissy, spoiled biotch....other, more professional performers FAR BIGGER THAN SHE abide by the rules...and probably when far more "sick."

846 days ago
86.

Barbara    

She is an arrogant twit, who can't sing.

846 days ago
87.

epp6681    

I felt sick after watching her perform on SNL. I'm starting to really hate celebrities like rihanna who get all this fame and money but doesn't do anything to deserve it. rihanna can't sing or dance, literally anyone on the street could do what she does but probably better......hopefully she could act

846 days ago
88.

JM    

How in the world did she need to "save her voice for the live show" when she sang about 2 words total, live? Trashy, bad singer and a lousy performer.

846 days ago
89.

tellmeaboutit     

Ghetto girl doesn't wear many clothes, so she probably felt she didn't need it. What does SNL expect when they hire trash?

846 days ago
90.

alan    

We're talking about PRACTICE.

846 days ago
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