Kanye West is not banned from “SNL” following his appearance on the series premiere last weekend, despite a new report. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct the claim. We’re told it’s simply “not true.” It’s clearly false because West has had issue before with “Saturday Night Live” and was invited back.
According to RadarOnline, “producers are now hesitant to ever have [West] come back.” The often discredited outlet asserts it wasn’t that West wore a “Make American Great Again” hat or his “rant” in support of President Trump which earned him the supposed ban. Instead, the blog maintains the rapper’s “insistence he was bullied backstage” by “Saturday Night Live” staffers for wearing the red baseball cap was “the real problem.”
As widely reported, after the live show finished airing on TV, West told the audience in a video captured by an audience member that “SNL” employees were “laughing at me… They screamed at me… They bullied me backstage.” He claimed, “They said don’t go out there with that hat on,” and reiterated his claim that “they bullied me backstage.” The website’s supposed “source” is further quoted as saying, “If you lie about the show… that’s what gets you in trouble.” The outlet contends that is the reason “why Kanye isn’t going to be invited back to the show.”
While dramatic, the report is not accurate. Even though West was not “bullied” backstage, there’s a good chance when the rapper has another album to promote, he’ll be back on “SNL” for the eighth time as its musical guest. It should be noted that back in 2016 when he was the musical guest, an audio of West leaked backstage from “Saturday Night Live” in which he yelled about the how the stage was set for his two performances. In that tape, West could be heard screaming at the show’s staffers, “Don’t [expletive] with me,” and still he was asked to come back for this year’s season premiere.
Actually, before launching Gossip Cop, its editor was a producer at NBC for many years and interacted on a weekly basis with “Saturday Night Live” and its employees while it was in production, and none of our impeccable insiders can confirm the blog’s premise. In fact, one key staffer assures us it’s absolutely “not true.”
Sadly, Gossip Cop is not remotely surprised by the falsity of the website’s article. Over the years, we have busted the outlet for a slew of provably untrue stories about the sketch comedy show. For example, we corrected the blog last year when it falsely maintained former White House press secretary Sean Spicer was going to make a cameo on “SNL.” Of source, he’s never appeared on the program.
Gossip Cop also exposed RadarOnline when it wrongly claimed in 2016 that Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon were leaving “Saturday Night Live.” More than two years later, they’re still on the show. Much like those articles and several others, the current one that asserts West is “banned” from “SNL” is untrue.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.