This past episode of Saturday Night Live drew a lot of conversation for what Kanye West did near the end of the show … and not all of it even made it on the air. Kanye, following the initial goodbye performance, brought many people on stage before going on a long, politically-tinged rant discussing Donald Trump, his views, and also some of his desire for “love” — something that is a weird sentiment to have in an era where politics are so divisive. If you want to get everyone on your side, one of the strangest things that you can do is talk about something that is going to make half of the country upset.
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As you would imagine, much of the cast wasn’t altogether happy with Kanye’s stunt — which, by the way, wasn’t cut because of his content. It was cut because SNL ends at 1:00 a.m. Eastern time and that is precisely when the show went off the air.
Speaking via People, here is what one specific insider within the series had to say about the incident:
“He made it uncomfortable for the cast and [host] Adam Driver by calling them back onstage and not saying why and then went off on them … The show had been supportive of all of Kanye’s visions throughout the week, even giving him the opportunity for the third song during the goodnight [portion],’ and then he surprised everyone.”
Ultimately, we don’t know why anyone thought that this was something that was avoidable — the moment that Kanye was brought on board as a musical guest, given some of his recent history, it had to be expected that he would try to do something. That’s especially likely all of the frequent mocking that this show tends to do of Donald Trump and his administration. Suffice it to say, this was not a match made in Heaven.
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