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Rihanna performed her newest single “Where Have You Been” on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, but missing a dress rehearsal reportedly angered producers of the show.
Sources told TMZ that the Barbados-born singer didn’t appear at the final dress rehearsal before the live show, and even showrunner Lorne Michaels was upset about it. She did, however, make dress rehearsals prior to the final one.
Rihanna called in sick to the final dress rehearsal, which is done before a live audience before the show goes into real time. She then reportedly appeared for the show looking healthy enough to have appeared at the dress rehearsal earlier, but no one said anything to her about it.
"Rihanna was sick and needed to save her voice for the live show,” her rep told TMZ.
Cinema Blend reports that a doctor came to Rihanna’s dressing room just before the show was going to begin to give her a shot of penicillin.
It is rumored to have been a while before any artist missed a dress rehearsal before Saturday Night Live, and Michaels is said to take it very seriously.
Watch her performance for yourself below: