Ariana Grande was set to be the musical guest on this week’s premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live but cancelled for “emotional reasons,” according to show creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels in an interview this week on James Andrew Miller’s Origins podcast.
Kanye West “stepped up” to replace her, Michaels said.
The Season 44 opener of SNL will air live from New York at 11:30 p.m. ET Saturday with West as the musical guest and actor Adam Driver as the host.
Michaels didn’t elaborate on why Grande dropped out of the show, but the singer’s ex-boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, died of a suspected overdose Sept. 7.
Grande is now engaged to SNL cast member Pete Davidson. The couple’s whirlwind romance blossomed after they met on the show.
The timing of Grande’s cancellation was at least good for West , who announced he’ll be dropping his next album, Yandhi Saturday to time with his appearance on the show.