Kenan Thompson Claims Kanye West Held The ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast Hostage

Kanye West (who is now apparently just going by “Ye”) was the musical guest for the season premiere of Saturday Night Live this year, and it really shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that his behavior on the show was a little (or a lot) strange.

In his first musical performance, he and Lil Pump came onstage wearing costumes of water bottles (Ye was Perrier while Lil Pump was Fiji). Sure, okay.

But the real buzz was around Kanye’s extended political rant after the show had technically ended, during which he invited all the cast members back up onto the stage and claimed he was “bullied” for his decision to wear a MAGA cap. SNL castmate (the record-holder for the longest time spent on the show and my personal favorite maker of silly faces) Kenan Thompson was a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday night, where he recounted the experience of watching Kanye hold the rest of the cast “hostage.”

Meyers brought up the “Kanye West-led circus” atmosphere of the show, and Thompson responded, “[Kanye] voiced his opinion very loudly and for a long time.” He continued, “We’re all entitled to voice our opinion, I don’t know if that’s the moment to hold people hostage like that.”

Thompson didn’t go back on stage for Kanye’s rant, a choice he seems to be very happy he made. “As soon as he said, ‘Hey join me on stage everybody.’ I was like, ‘There goes the little cheese in the mousetrap. It’s going down!’” Speaking of the cast, Thomspons said, “I felt so bad for those guys. It’s hard to stand there and not be able to debate somebody who’s going so far against your personal opinion, as well, and just stand there and take it.”

You can check out the rant below.


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Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.