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Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West low-key came through clutch for “Saturday Night Live” and its season opener this weekend. New reports claim the popular NBC show initially planned on having pop superstar Ariana Grande perform on its premiere episode.

According to reports, Grande pulled the plug on appearing for personal reasons.

Kanye West will perform on Saturday’s season premiere of Saturday Night Live, but it was Ariana Grande who was originally scheduled to be the musical guest. SNL producer Lorne Michaels revealed the casting shuffle on the “Origins With James Andrew Miller” podcast in an episode about his show. “We had Ariana drop out for emotional reasons two days ago,” Michaels said in a prerecorded episode released Thursday. (Yahoo! Entertainment)

Over the past few days, Grande has shared some emotionally-driven tweets to her millions of Twitter followers.

Coincidentally, Grande is engaged to “SNL” star Pete Davidson.

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. (USA Today)

This week, Kanye hyped up his Saturday night “SNL” performance.

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