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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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We're talking about PRACTICE.

867 days ago


I have so much enjoy to watch a Rehearsal .
slim vida

867 days ago


she was sick..... OR... she's a half @ss, so called musician. Most "musicians" these days like to do minimal work for maximum payout... half of them can't sing to save their lives anyway. Most of these people aren't even putting any REAL effort into their own music anymore, but they don't care because the people who continue to buy their music and cheer them on wouldn't know REAL music if it jumped out of the radio and Chuck Norris round house kicked them in the side of their stupid faces. CELEBRATE REAL MUSIC AND REAL MUSICIANS!! Not these lame @ss, auto-tuned, attention whoring sorry excuses for music makers.

867 days ago


AND the penicillin was probably for her infestation of giant crotch crickets!

867 days ago


Who cares what she does, says, thinks or wants?

867 days ago

Nichole K    

She is really starting to become a pain in the ass and an attention whore.. Showing her true trashiness for sure.

867 days ago


Her dance on SNL was filthy. I mean, have some manners, lady! You don't go rubbing yourself like that on national television!

867 days ago


"Too sick"..??? You mean too busy smoking a blunt and sucking a ****??

867 days ago


I don't know why that was such a surprise. It is my opinion that she thinks she is a real diva. To me she is garbage. The sooner she is not publicized, the better. I would not like to imagine her even being a role model to young impressionable kids.

867 days ago

Ron Wieder    

You can't teach values to trash like her who will hopefully wake up to the fact that she's nothing more than just another pretty, stupid face !

867 days ago


Rihanna was so vulgar on SNL, that is what they should be pissed about.

867 days ago


She's a beauty

867 days ago


We're talking about PRACTICE.

867 days ago


Send her home. Tired of these regular ole people turned celebrity thinking they're above others. SEND HER HOME. There are many talented singers/dancers in this world. Find another.

867 days ago


Are they doctors now?

867 days ago
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