She’s doing what’s best for her. On Sept. 27, Saturday Night Live creator, Lorne Michaels, revealed that Ariana Grande canceled her upcoming appearance on the show’s Season 44 premiere. “We had Ariana drop out for emotional reasons two days ago,” the 73-year-old explained on the Origins With James Andrew Miller podcast. 

Lorne then went on to reveal that Kanye West will be replacing the “God is a woman” singer. “That’s our premiere, and then Kanye 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.”


Ariana Grande on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 2016. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Despite Lorne’s commentary, however, a source revealed to Us Weekly on Sept. 28 that Ariana “was never booked to perform during this weekend’s premiere.” Hmmm, well, no matter the case, it’s safe to say that the 25-year-old needs a break from the limelight. 

So much so, that she actually took to social media on Sept. 27 to plead with fans in a series of concerning tweets. “Can I pls have on okay day. Just one. Pls,” she began. “I’m so tired pls,” Ari added. Following that, she quote tweeted something that she had previously written about how “everything will be okay,” now adding, “j f—ing k.”


Naturally, fans were distraught to see the normally light-hearted and bubbly icon so distressed. After receiving thousands and thousands of messages, Ari replied to one fan to clear things up: “Ur angels in my life. It’s just been a tough month. I’m trying to get my work done and get back to normal and it’s hard and I’m human and tired. Sorry I let u in or worried u. I shouldn’t have tweeted. I kno better.”

It’s been an incredibly difficult time for Ariana following the death of her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, and we sincerely hope that she continues to take this mourning period to focus on her health and happiness. We’ll catch you on SNL another time, girl!