Ariana Grande Was Originally Set to Perform on 'Saturday Night Live' Premiere, Lorne Michaels Says

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Last week, Kanye West was introduced because the musical visitor on the season 44 premiere of Saturday Night Live, however because it seems, he wasn't a part of the unique plan. According to an interview with SNL creator Lorne Michaels on James Andrew Miller's Origins podcast, Ariana Grande was scheduled to carry out as an alternative.

“We had Ariana drop out for emotional causes two days in the past,” Michaels stated within the interview, which was included within the podcast episode that printed on Thursday. “That’s our premiere, after which Kanye West stepped up, and he’ll be there.”

Michaels didn't elaborate on what these "emotional causes" have been and Grande hadn't beforehand spoken publicly about her deliberate efficiency on the present. In addition to her earlier SNL appearances, the pop star can also be related to the present by way of her fiancé Pete Davidson, who's a solid member.

The season 44 premiere -- which is able to characteristic host Adam Driver together with West -- airs Saturday evening at 11:30 p.m. ET/eight:30 p.m. PT on NBC. West is ready to drop his Yandhi album on Saturday evening, although it isn't clear whether or not the mission will arrive earlier than or after the present airs.