Kanye West Replaced Ariana Grande on SNL Season Premiere

It’s been rough for Ariana Grande. 

The 25-year-old singer-songwriter has opted to pull out as the musical guest for Saturday Night Live’s 44 season premiere. She was replaced by Kanye West. 

Grande who is engaged to Pete Davidson, currently a cast member on the comedy sketch show, chose not to perform as she’s having a “tough month.” During this week’s Origins podcast, Lorne Michaels told James Andrew Miller that the 44-year-old rapper was tapped to replace Grande:

“We had Ariana drop out for emotional reasons two days ago,” Michaels said on the episode released Thursday. “That’s our premiere, and then Kanye West stepped up, and he’ll be there. So, the reach of the show and the number of people who will step forward is now somehow now, I think, probably at its peak.” 

Grande has indeed had a tough month with her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller dying of an overdose at 26-years-old.

“Given the events of the past couple of years, Ariana is going to take some much needed time to heal and mend,” Grande’s team said in a statement. “She will be staying close to home and using this period to spend time with her loved ones and work on new music without a deadline. She thanks her fans for their understanding.”

Grande also took to Twitter to thank her fans for their support writing, “I’m so tired pls. … ty for loving me sm I do not deserve it.”