Skip to main content

Kanye West nearly stormed off the SNL set before performance

kanye west tidal the life of pablo streaming singer rapper musician
There’s trouble brewing in Yeezy land once again.

The rapper/super producer/celebrity appeared on SNL this past weekend as a musical guest, but was visibly perturbed during promos for the guest spot. So perturbed, in fact, that according to an unnamed source speaking to the New York Post’s Page Six, Kanye nearly walked off of the set before executive producer Lorne Michaels and his wife Kim Kardashian talked him down and convinced him to continue as planned.

“Just moments leading into the live show, and during the live show, Kanye had a meltdown and threatened to walk off,” the source claims. Another person familiar with the situation said, “He freaked out about how the set was arranged. He was saying he’s ‘the greatest artist.’ He’s having regular meltdowns. Everyone’s walking on eggshells around him. He’s under a lot of stress between the new album and the fashion line.”

While it’s unclear exactly what rankled the infamously mercurial music mogul, a tweet (below) sent out just hours before the show aired suggests that West may be in the midst of some substantial financial troubles.

That sort of debt would certainly weigh heavily on anyone, but some are questioning the validity of the tweet and the overall mental health of the man who authored it.

Earlier on Saturday, West made repeated appeals to Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, asking that the social media magnate invest capital in his business ideas. In response, several of Yeezy’s fans were polite enough to point out that Zuckerberg isn’t on Twitter and that — since he invented Facebook — he probably won’t be joining anytime soon.

Despite a few frayed nerves, West did make it to the stage on Saturday night and performed more or less like he always does, though he did give a lot of time to guest artists on the second number. Even though volatility is par for the course when it comes to Kanye, his recent behavior has thrown up red flags for some.

Stay tuned for updates as West is liable to do and say … well … pretty much anything.

Editors' Recommendations

Adam Poltrack
Adam is an A/V News Writer for Digital Trends, and is responsible for bringing you the latest advances in A/V…
An A-lister, a superhero, and a programmer will join the 'SNL' host list

Saturday Night Live previously confirmed that Ryan Gosling would host the season opener on September 30 and now, we know two more actors who will lend their comedic talents to the NBC sketch comedy series: Gal Gadot and Kumail Nanjiani, Variety reports. Both will be hosting the show for the first time.

Gadot will host SNL's October 7 episode and be joined by musical guest Sam Smith; while Nanjiani will host on October 14 with Pink performing live. Gosling hosted once before in 2015, where he got plenty of attention for cracking up in virtually every skit. Whether he will be able to maintain a straight face this time around or not remains to be seen. But we do know he will be joined by Jay Z as musical guest.

Read more
Alec Baldwin will continue doing his Donald Trump impression for ‘SNL’
alec baldwin snl record trump

When Saturday Night Live returns this fall for its 43rd season, Alec Baldwin will be back to do his impersonation of President Donald Trump, CNN reported.

While Baldwin told CNN that his busy schedule would make it difficult to appear as often, he said he would “fit that in,” when asking if he would appear again. The actor noted in the past that he was not sure the audience could take much more of his Trump impersonation, but he now tells CNN that he thinks “people have enjoyed it.” How often might we see him compared to last season? Baldwin says it will be “a couple of celery sticks” versus “a whole meal.”

Read more
Bobby Moynihan set to make final SNL appearance as a cast regular

After nine seasons of hilarity, notable characters like Drunk Uncle, and impressions of everyone from Guy Fieri to Chris Christie, Bobby Moynihan will be leaving Saturday Night Live, reports Deadline.

Moynihan’s last appearance will be on the season finale airing this Saturday on NBC. It will feature Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as host and Katy Perry as the musical guest.

Read more