Kanye West’s ‘SNL’ Meltdown Surfaces Online
Reports of Kanye West having a meltdown backstage at Saturday Night Live popped up in the show's aftermath. Now, audio of that meltdown has surfaced online. Page Six obtained the audio, which sees Kanye venting about the stage for his performance being altered.
"Look at that shit, they took my fucking stage offa SNL without asking me," Kanye says. "And I'm bummed. That and Taylor Swift, fake ass. Now I ain't gonna do this. We breaking the motherfucking Internet. I went through six years of this fucking shit. Let's get to it, bruh."
The second part of the audio clip sees Kanye claiming that he's more influential than the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Pablo Picasso.
"Are they fucking crazy?" Kanye says. "By 50 percent! Stanley Kubrick, apostle Paul, Picasso... fucking Picasso and Escobar. By 50 percent more influential than any other human being. Don't fuck with me. Don't fuck with me. Don't fuck with me. By 50 percent, dead or alive. By 50 percent for the next thousand years. Stanley Kubrick. Ye."
It had been reported that some of this rant was Kanye yelling at the Saturday Night Live staff. Kanye's team has denied that and responded to the leaked audio clip.
"He did not yell at SNL staff," a source close to Kanye West told Complex. "This audio was secretly recorded while he was venting his frustration in a private moment with his team. He found out his stage design was changed and taken apart under the direction of the show's lighting director without anyone's approval. He had spent an entire day rehearsing and a lot of hard work into the performance. Dramatic set changes were made 30 minutes before going live. It should be understandable why he was upset after being completely blindsided."
The source also made a point to say that Kanye hugged Lorne Michaels and stayed after the show for a friendly conversation with the SNL cast and crew.
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