Rihanna called in sick to ‘SNL’ rehearsal

Rihanna was a no-show at “Saturday Night Live” dress rehearsals on Friday, citing illness as the reason for her absence.

When the announcement was made that the pop star called in sick, there was an “audible groan” in the audience who had gathered to see her perform. Hoda was in the crowd, and admitted this morning that it was a huge bummer.

Traditionally, performers and hosts alike agree to a dress rehearsal before the show — even, as Hoda pointed out, musical megastars like Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Sir Paul McCartney. A staffer said that he couldn’t remember the last time somebody opted not to show up.

Rihanna, of course, did show up to the live show, where she successfully gyrated to “Birthday Cake.”

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