Justin Timberlake served up his big comeback to Kanye West's diss of his new song -- and it did not disappoint ... anyone who thinks JT's too soft to battle a rapper.
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Fires Back at Kanye
'Suit & Tie' Doesn't Suck
3/10/2013 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It took a couple of weeks, but Justin Timberlake has finally responded to Kanye West's anti "Suit and Tie" rant, with a shot of his own on "SNL" last night.
It happened when JT was performing 'Suit and Tie' with Jay-Z last night -- the singer changed the lyrics from "Aww, s**t so sick, got a hit and picked up a habit" to "my hit's so sick got RAPPERS acting dramatic."
Not the strongest insult in the world ... but pretty obviously directed at Kanye West, who last month during a concert, dissed the song "I got love for Hov, but I ain't f--king with that 'Suit & Tie.'"
It ain't exactly Tupac vs. Biggie ... but gotta love the drama.
Missed 'SNL' Gig
After Suffering Broken Hip
3/3/2013 10:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Don Pardo was conspicuously absent from the opening credits of "Saturday Night Live" last night ... and TMZ has learned it's because he recently suffered a broken hip.
"SNL" fans immediately noticed the voice that announced the cast last was NOT that of Pardo's ... despite the poor attempt at an impression.
But rest assured, Pardo is ok ... our sources say he is recovering from a broken hip and doing just fine.
Pardo has been doing "Saturday Night Live" since the show first premiered in 1975, missing only one season along the way.
for Smoking Weed
2/10/2013 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber used his platform as host of "Saturday Night Live" to apologize to his fans for being photographed smoking weed ... but he did it in character.
During a sketch entitled "The Miley Cyrus Show," Bieber played Miley's biggest fan. After lobbing a few insults at himself, Biebs, while still in character, says (of the real Biebs), "I also heard he got busted for smoking weed. And he's really sorry about it. And people make mistakes. And he's never gonna do it again."
Bieber never commented directly on the pics ... until last night .. and in the third person.
Christine Ebersole on 'SNL'
2/7/2013 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Christine Ebersole is best known for her role as the Weekend Update co-anchor -- opposite Brian Doyle-Murray -- on Saturday Night Live in the early '80s. Guess what she looks like now!
To Host SNL
Pot Smoking Is Fair Game
1/9/2013 9:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber has given Saturday Night Live writers permission to spoof him all they want when he hosts the show Feb 9 ... and that includes pot smoking.
Sources connected with NBC tell TMZ ... Justin's camp has declared NOTHING off-limits. To the contrary, our sources say Justin himself has told producers to push him as far as they want.
Smart move ... It worked for Paris Hilton, who appeared on SNL right after her sex tape was released. Alec Baldwin also scored right after the whole Words with Friends thing.
FYI -- Justin's doing double duty on the show -- hosting and performing. Wonder how they're gonna stock the green room?
'Saturday Night Live'
Spoofs Obama for
10/7/2012 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The puzzle has finally been solved -- President Obama's terrible debate performance last week was all Michelle Obama's fault ... at least according to "Saturday Night Live."
Last night SNL spoofed Obama and Romney's initial showdown -- offering one hysterical explanation for POTUS (played by Jay Pharoah) choking: he was really thinking about a last minute anniversary gift for the First Lady.
Coffee mug? Denver Bronco's sweatshirt? Bathrobe?
It's funny. Or sad ... 'cause in reality the Prez can't explain away such a sucky showing that easily.
Jeah, I Heard About Seth
MacFarlane's SNL Sketch
9/17/2012 9:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seth MacFarlane absolutely DESTROYED Ryan Lochte during this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" ... and while the swimming star says he hasn't had a chance to see it yet, he certainly didn't seem too pleased about it.
MacFarlane appeared as Lochte during the "Weekend Update" sketch to do a preview of the new shows on television. Seth portrayed Lochte as an ABSOLUTE IDIOT ... referring to the new show "Go On" as "Goon" (he didn't realize it was two words) and at one point randomly saying, "It feels so weird to be dry."
Lochte told us over the weekend he hasn't checked it out yet -- but judging by his tone, he probably heard how brutal it was.
If, like Lochte, you haven't seen it either ... check it out below. We give it six swims.
Just GUESS Who's Playing
Paul Ryan on 'SNL'
8/18/2012 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
So who will take on Mitt's running mate? Probably not Fred Armisen (he already plays Barack Obama) ... or Jason Sudeikis (plays Mitt Romney) ... which leaves ...
Seth Myers tells TMZ he's already taken himself OUT of the running to play Paul Ryan on the upcoming season of "Saturday Night Live" ... insisting the identity of new Paul imposter is a closely guarded secret.
Myers -- who's the head writer on the show -- was walking his bike in NYC this week ... did drop one obvious nugget, we're DEFINITELY getting a Mitt Romney sketch on the season premiere.
1) Bill Hader
2) Taran Killam
3) Bobby Moynihan
4) Jay Pharoah (Um...)
5) Kenan Thompson (Yeah...)
6) Random new guy (crap shoot)
Choose wisely Seth.
'SNL' Legend Tom Davis
Al Franken Comedy Partner
Dies from Cancer
7/19/2012 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tom Davis, the comedic genius behind some classic "Saturday Night Live" skits ... died from neck and throat cancer today.
Davis and Al Franken were the comedic duo responsible for writing several of the bits that helped make Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd huge stars in the early days of 'SNL.'
Davis died at his home in a New York City suburb. He was diagnosed with cancer back in 2009.
A couple of legendary gems on Davis' 'SNL' resume include "Coneheads" and "Nick the Lounge Singer."
Davis was 59.
Rihanna's IV Pic
Flu Da One
5/9/2012 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There's a reason Rihanna's arm was hooked up to a bunch of needles and tubes yesterday -- sources close to Rihanna tell TMZ, the singer had been struck down with a bad case of the flu ... and required an IV drip.
Sources tell us, she started feeling really ill last week and saw a doctor on Thursday ... but by the time of her "Saturday Night Live" appearance, she still wasn't fully recovered.
As we first reported, Rihanna missed the SNL dress rehearsal because she was sick -- but show producers didn't buy her excuse ... insisting she didn't appear ill.
But looks might be deceiving -- because we're told Rihanna wasn't just ill during her SNL performance, she also continued to feel sick the next few days ... and her doc was forced to put her on Penicillin.
Soon after, Rihanna began to experience flu-like symptoms -- requiring IV treatment yesterday, which is when she posted the above picture on Twitter.
We're told she's feeling much better now.
Angers 'SNL' Producers
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."
Marilyn Monroe Sketch Axed
by 'Saturday Night Live'
3/10/2012 5:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan was all set to continue her obsession with Marilyn Monroe during last week's "Saturday Night Live" -- but a sketch featuring her and Jon Hamm was scrapped at the last minute ... TMZ has learned.
According to our sources, the sketch was to feature Lindsay as Marilyn and Hamm as JFK appearing to Rick Santorum (played by Andy Samberg) while he is at a conservative event (see photo above).
During the sketch, Marilyn and JFK explain Marilyn was on birth control provided to her by Medicare, which causes Santorum to vomit uncontrollably. Santorum (the real one) recently said that JFK's speech from 1960 about keeping religion out of politics "makes [him] want to throw up."
In the end, we're told the sketch made it all the way to rehearsals, and was even performed in front of a live audience, but was ultimately cut because of time constraints.
Lindsay has channeled Marilyn several times over the years, including her most recent Playboy cover.