This weekend, Ben Affleck is scheduled to host “Saturday Night Live” for the fifth time. Affleck’s appearance is competing with other big SNL stories though, including cast members leaving and Kanye West going off on a rant on the show before his appearance as a musical guest.
West performed Wednesday night at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City for Adult Swim’s upfront presentation, and he had some unkind words about the idea of participating in any SNL skits this weekend.
“[I had a friend ask me, ‘Are you gonna go on] SNL and you’re going to do like a skit about the paparazzi and shit and like humanize yourself?’ I ain’t here to apologize to no motherf---ers man,” West reportedly said, according to Complex.
“Hell nah I ain’t doing no motherf---ing SNL skits, this my goddamn life. This ain’t no motherf---ing joke. That’s it. Stop that s--- right there.”
You can listen for yourself here (warning — this clip contains profanity):
West also seemed to show his current discomfort with the show in promos for the episode:
Of course, he didn’t have any problems with appearing in sketches back in 2005:
This isn’t the first time West has dissed SNL — he did it in his 2010 single “Power” as well, where he said, “F--- SNL and the whole cast/Tell them Yeezy said they can kiss my whole a--/More specifically they can kiss my a-- h---/I’m an a------? You n----- got jokes!/You short minded n----- thoughts is Napoleon.” He changed the lyrics when he performed the song on the show though:
Saturday is also West's fifth appearance as musical guest. It’s unclear whether that counts toward being allowed in the show’s prestigious “Five-Timers Club,” which Affleck himself will be entering this week with his fifth time hosting. Paul Simon was let in based on a combination of musical appearances and hosting, and has only served as host four times, but with West’s zero times hosting and apparent lack of any interest in playing along, that may not be in the cards. (Though couldn’t you see a sketch with an angry West complaining about not being allowed in the club?)
The show’s expert impressionist Bill Hader has also announced that he’ll be leaving SNL after this season, and he’s moving out here to Los Angeles. It’s a return home — Hader was first scouted by SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels at an L.A. comedy show.
Hader tells the New York Times that, along with seeing some of his friends leave the show, his decision comes from a desire to move his family to L.A. His wife is a filmmaker, and Hader’s been working in both live-action and animated films.
Hader first appeared on SNL in 2005 in an “impression-off” with fellow new castmember Andy Samberg:
In any case, we’re all going to be upset if Hader doesn’t deliver one epic Stefon performance. It’s also appropriate timing — the first appearance of the Stefon character was in a sketch with Affleck back in 2008.
Of course, Stefon is best known for his “Weekend Update” appearances. Here he is giving some summer New York City tourist advice last year:
“Weekend Update” host Seth Meyers has also been announced to take over Jimmy Fallon’s late night hosting spot in 2014 as Fallon moves an hour earlier to host “The Tonight Show,” though Meyers is scheduled to return for at least the beginning of SNL’s 39th season this fall. Also, while Fallon is packing up “The Tonight Show” and moving it from Burbank to New York, there are no plans to send Meyers west, so NBC isn’t going to have a late night West Coast representative anymore.
No, “Last Call with Carson Daly” doesn’t really count.
Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis may also be leaving the show; Lorne Michaels confirmed the rumors to the New York Times.