A white woman shown on a viral video blocking a black man from entering a loft to his downtown St. Louis apartment was fired from her job Sunday, KMOV reported.
In a cellphone video posted to his Facebook page, D’Arreon Toles documented a confrontation between himself and a female tenant at the Elder Shirt Lofts. Toles, 24, said he was returning from a late shift Friday when the woman, who was walking a dog on a leash, asked what unit he lives in, the Post-Dispatch reported.
In the video, Toles can be heard telling the woman, “You are blocking me into my building. This is my building as well. So, I need you to get out of my way.”
“I’m uncomfortable,” the woman says in the video.
“OK, you can be uncomfortable,” Toles says in the video.
In the video, the woman follows Toles to the front door of his apartment, KSDK reported. Thirty minutes later, St. Louis police appeared at his apartment, according to Toles’ Facebook post. No citations were issued.
A St. Louis police sergeant confirmed a 911 call was made to the building, but no report was written, KSDK reported.
“Did this really just happen to me? It happened to me. I am really taken away by the moment,” Toles told KMOV. “I was kind of blown away, shocked and like ‘Wow.’ I am just glad I had my camera out. If I did not have my camera out, I feel it could have gone a totally different way.”
“To Be A Black man in America, & Come home,” Toles wrote on Facebook.
Tribeca-STL, a luxury apartment company that says it is a minority-owned business, confirmed that the woman worked for the company, KMOV reported. In a statement, the company’s owners said they were “disturbed” by the video. The company also said in its statement that the property did not belong to Tribeca-STL and that the employee was interacting with Toles at her own private residence.
“We do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company, Tribeca-STL said in its statement.
The woman, who has not been identified publicly, did not respond to requests for comment by several news organizations.
“I am not mad at her. I am not upset with her. I am not going to go after her legally or anything like that, Toles told KMOV. “I wish her the best. I would still have a conversation with her.”
A white retired firefighter was found guilty of assault Friday for shooting at a black teenager who knocked on his door asking for directions.
Jeffrey Zeigler, 53, was also charged with attempted murder but an Oakland County jury convicted him of the lesser assault charge as well as a possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, WDIV reported.
Zeigler’s sentencing is Nov. 13, the Detroit Free Press reported.
In April, Brennan Walker, 14, missed the bus and tried walking to school. He soon got lost and knocked on the door to the Zeigler’s Rochester Hills home.
Zeigler’s wife Dana first saw Brennan at the door and yelled to her husband, who grabbed a shotgun and ran down the stairs.
“He didn’t look like a child. He was a rather big man standing there, and also, if he was going to school, we have no schools in our area,” Dana Zeigler said in court Oct. 9, the Free Press reported.
Surveillance video showed Zeigler chase Brennan down the street with the shotgun.
Zeigler tried to fire it but the safety was on. He tried again after switch it off. Brennan said he heard a shot but was not hit, the Free Press reported.
At the time Zeigler told investigators he came out with the shotgun because he believed his home was being broken into, WDIV reported. In court, Zeigler was remorseful and admitted he did something wrong, the Free Press reported.
“That’s just completely unacceptable on every level. I don’t know how you would justify it, but it certainly doesn’t pass the muster,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told WDIV.
Brennan and his mother, Lisa Wright, believe Zeigler reacted in such a way because he is black.
Maybe next time, he has to call the Ghostbusters. A Louisiana man called the sheriff last week to report that he was stabbed in the head at his home. But when Ouachita Parish Sheriff deputies arrived, they didn’t find Michael Auttonberry injured. But they said he was shouting at people who were not there, and there was no injury to his head from an ax as he reported, KARD reported.
Auttonberry also told law enforcement that someone was in his home. Deputies didn’t find anyone there, but what they did discover was suspected crystal meth on his nightstand, Fox News reported.
Auttonberry said it must have been planted by either a ghost or intruders who escaped from a window.
Deputies said there wasn’t any evidence to support his claims of intruders, KARD reported.
Auttonberry was arrested, charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and giving a false police report, according to his arrest record.
When sheriff’s deputies found a small amount of marijuana on a teen in Jonesboro, Georgia, they took an unconventional approach: Instead of arresting him, they called his father.
Officials said the ordeal ended in the arrest of the teen’s alleged drug dealer and the seizure of several guns and drugs.
The teen, who was not identified, was pulled over Friday. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found marijuana in a bag. Deputies called the teen’s father.
“When the Father arrived, he was not pleased and wanted to know where his son was getting his weed from,”the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “The Father then forced his son to tell the Deputies who sold it to him and where.”
The dad forced his son to tell the deputies where he got the drugs, according to the statement. The teen allegedly told police it was Damarcus Brown.
Brown was later arrested on unspecified charges after deputies said they saw him selling drugs at an Exxon gas station in Riverdale, Georgia. Authorities found drugs in his vehicle and a gun and more drugs at his home.
“If it was not for a good strong father willing and able to do the right thing for his son and community, Brown would still be selling drugs and in possession of guns today,” the sheriff’s office said.
Hurricane Michael is barreling toward the Florida Panhandle as people in the storm’s path prepare for the arrival of a possible Category 3 storm.
The National Hurricane Center is warning of “life-threatening storm” surge of 8 to 12 feet, which could cause flooding of roads, homes and businesses.
Mandatory evacuation orders are already posted in three Panhandle counties: Gulf, Wakulla and Bay Counties, according to news reports.Hurricane #Michael continues to strengthen over the southern Gulf of Mexico. Here are the updated 10 PM CDT Key Messages for Hurricane #Michael. https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/6x3a1wjqfi — National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 9, 2018
A State of Emergency was issued in 26 counties as Florida’s State Emergency Response Team projected Michael will make landfall as a 115 mph Category 3 hurricane and could continuing intensifying over the next 36 hours.#HurricaneMichael is currently projected to make landfall as a 115 mph Category 3 hurricane with potential life-threatening storm surge. Rapid intensification is possible over the next 36 hours right up until landfall. Heed all orders from your local emergency officials. #alert — Florida SERT (@FLSERT) October 8, 2018
A hurricane warning is posted for parts of the Gulf Coast, and the National Hurricane Center is warning of dangerous winds that are expected to move inland as the storm makes landfall, extending across parts of the Florida Panhandle, southern Georgia and southeast Alabama.
The storm is expected to produce heavy rains and dangerous flash flooding.
In a recent paper published in PLOS One, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University concluded that a hug can have a positive effect on mood and help lower stress after a conflict.
The study talked to 404 people every night over a two-week period. Participants were asked if they experienced conflict, if they received a hug and what their mood was, among other things.
People who faced conflict and got a hug on the same day said they experienced an increase in positive feelings and a decrease in negative ones.
“A very simple, straightforward behavior — hugging — might be an effective way of supporting both men and women who are experiencing conflict in their relationships,” explains co-author Michael Murphy, a post-doctoral researcher in Carnegie Mellon University’s Laboratory for the Study of Stress, Immunity and Disease.
The tendency to feel better held true regardless of age, gender, marital status or number of hugs a person received.
Murphy conceded more research needs to be done, especially to look at the relationship between hugger and hug recipient.
“The lack of specificity regarding from whom individuals received hugs also restricted our ability to identify whether hugs from specific types of social partners were more effective than those from others,” he wrote.
In 2015, a similar study at Carnegie Mellon concluded that “people who experience high levels of social support and frequent hugs were protected from a higher risk of getting sick when under stress.”
“In times of stress and conflict, that’s when support from people in your life is important,” said psychologist Sheldon Cohen, who led the 2015 study. “It may make less difference in other times in your life.”
Tropical Storm Michael has formed in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, and it could make landfall later this week as a Category 2 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Update 7:58 a.m. EDT Oct. 8: Tropical Storm Michael is “expected to become a hurricane very soon” and is pounding western Cuba with heavy rain and strong winds, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. EDT advisory.
The storm has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and is about 120 miles east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and 70 miles south of Cuba’s western tip. It is moving north at 7 mph, the advisory said.Tropical Storm Michael expected to become hurricane very soon near Florida, USA. Se espera que la Tormenta Tropical Michael se convierta en huracán muy pronto cerca de Florida, EEUU. #prwx #usviwx pic.twitter.com/ISr8trjnxD — NWS San Juan (@NWSSanJuan) October 8, 2018
Update 5:05 a.m. EDT Oct. 8: Tropical Storm Michael has almost reached hurricane strength, the National Hurricane Center said early Monday in its latest advisory.
The storm has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and is about 90 miles east of Cozumel, Mexico, and 100 miles south-southwest of the western tip of Cuba. It is moving north at 7 mph.
A hurricane watch has been issued for Florida’s Panhandle and Big Bend, the advisory said.Tropical Storm #Michael is strengthening and it is almost a hurricane. Hurricane and tropical storm watches are now in effect for portions of the Gulf Coast. Here are the 4 am CDT October 8th Key Messages. Go to https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb for more information. pic.twitter.com/BEkmH6UvQL — National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 8, 2018
Update 11:15 p.m. EDT Oct. 7: Florida Gov. Rick Scott has issued a state of emergency in 26 counties across the Panhandle as Tropical Storm Michael takes aim at the state.
Scott has suspended his Senate campaign to focus on the impending storm, he announced Sunday.
“This storm will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous,” he warned during a Sunday afternoon briefing.
“This storm has the potential to bring devastating impacts to the Panhandle and Big Bend and every family must be prepared,” Scott said.
The National Hurricane Center said an Air Force hurricane hunter plane would investigate Tropical Storm Michael.
Michael is the 13th named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.
According to online reports, former actress Danielle Spencer, who also a doctor of Veterinary medicine (see video above), is recovering from an emergency operation because of bleeding in her brain.
Ironically, it was exactly 41 years to the date of her major car accident resulting in the untimely death of her step-father, actor Tim Pelt, that Danielle experienced a massive headache, reports the LA Sentinel. Due to the bleeding of the brain and enormous headaches, she became unresponsive and almost died. The article continues, saying that after going back and forth to the doctor for medicine, the headache persisted until on the third day she became unconscious. With quick action from expert doctors, they did emergency brain surgery on the bleeding hematoma she received from that car accident so long ago.
As far as that accident 41 years ago that killed her father, she ended up being in a 3-week coma. Spencer, known for her role as “Dee” on the 1970s sitcom “What’s Happening,” also endured other critical injuries that included a broken leg, arm and pelvis.
Dr. Spencer is recovering, but there’s no word on the estimated time of healing as she also suffered breast cancer and spinal injury in the past. The combination of past health issues raises a red flag on her road to recovery but family and friends are hopeful for her fight.
Friends of Dr. Danielle have started a Go Funding Page as they are all claiming a successful prognosis she will continue to have a long recovery and stint in rehab again and funds raised will help with treatment, medication and sustaining.Dr. Danielle Spencer, also known as Dee from the hit show “What’s Happening”, is dealing with serious medical conditions and needs our help. Please click on the GoFundMe link below and donate whatever you can. Every penny counts! We thank you in advance. https://t.co/J4bhHvrhbu pic.twitter.com/rc4bEpn2LZ — Mike Chisholm (@MykChiz) September 29, 2018
Since becoming the first black female child to regularly star in a TV series and after having to learn how to walk again after the tragic car accident as a kid, Spencer went on to continue acting, practice veterinary medicine and write a book.
A North Carolina company is recalling thousands of pounds of ready-to-eat ham products that could be contaminated with Listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.
Johnson County Hams announced a recall of 89,096 pounds of ready-to-eat deli-loaf ham items that were produced between April 3, 2017, and Oct. 2, 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The deli ham products were sold in five states: Maryland, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina and Virginia
At least one person has died and three others were sickened after eating deli ham products from Johnson County Hams, the USDA said.
Here’s a list of the recalled products:
Varying weights of 7 to 8 pounds plastic-wrapped “JOHNSTON COUNTY HAMS, INC. COUNTRY STYLE FULLY COOKED BONELESS DELI HAM.”
Varying weights of 7 to 8 pounds plastic-wrapped “Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham” with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019.
Varying weights of 7 to 8 pounds plastic-wrapped “Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. FULLY COOKED COUNTRY HAM BONELESS Glazed with Brown Sugar.”
Varying weights of 7 to 8 pounds plastic-wrapped “Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham LESS SALT Distributed By: Valley Country Hams LLC” with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019.
Varying weights of 7 to 8 pounds plastic-wrapped “GOODNIGHT BROTHERS COUNTRY HAM Boneless Fully Cooked.”
Eating food contaminated with Listeria can cause serious infections, especially among older adults, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and their newborns, the USDA reported.
Symptoms of infection include fever, muscle aches, headaches, stiff neck, confusion and gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea.
Kelly Rowland has been tapped to play music icon Gladys Knight in BET’s newest scripted drama series, “American Soul.”
According to The YBF, it’s a 70s period drama recounting the rise of the uber-popular dance television show “Soul Train,” created by the late Don Cornelius.
Singer Kelly Price has also joined the cast a series regular and “Power” star Sinqua Walls will play a young Cornelius in the series.
Knight was one of the first performers booked during “Soul Train’s” early days.
Four-time Grammy winner Rowland will also record an original version of Knight’s signature hit with the Pips, “Midnight Train to Georgia” for the role.
Price joins the cast as a series regular, playing Brianne Clarke. Clarke’s character is described as the “wise yet cautious” head of the Clarke family whose children Simone and Kendall are rising stars in Los Angeles.
Gladys is no doubt pleased with this casting news. Two years ago, she made an Instagram post revealing her love for Kelly and approval of a biopic starring the Destiny’s Child singer.
“It’s no secret that I love my @kellyrowland So many people have said that Kelly would be the perfect person to star in my biopic. What do you think, #Knights?!,” Gladys wrote.
The cast of “American Soul” also includes, “Greenleaf” star Jason Dirden, “This Is Us” actress Iantha Richardson, along with Christopher Jefferson, Katlyn Nichol and Jelani Winston.
Production is underway in Atlanta and the series is expected to premiere in 2019 on BET.
Officer Sherry Hall’s call over the police radio that she’d been shot had fellow cops swarming a dark, wooded cul-de-sac in Jackson. Then they fanned out across Butts County in search of a suspect.
Hall described her assailant as a 6-foot, 230-pound African-American man wearing a green shirt and black jogging pants. Unprovoked, the man pulled out a gun and opened fire, Hall said. The bullet was found lodged in her protective vest. Hall’s account of the Sept. 13, 2016, incident came on the heels of shootings of law enforcement officers nationwide that were said to be in retaliation for white officers killing black men. And it stoked fears of unrest in the community some 50 miles south of Atlanta.
But Hall’s claim turned out to be a complete fabrication. After hearing evidence, including Hall’s own testimony, a jury recently convicted the former cop of 11 criminal charges, including making false statements, violating her oath and tampering with evidence.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson then made Hall, 43, pay for her crimes. He gave her 15 years in prison followed by another 23 years on probation.
Like many, Jackson Police Chief James Morgan said he doesn’t know why Hall did it.
“She did a great job for us, up until that night,” Morgan said. “So we didn’t see this coming. But this was not a mistake. It was a conscious decision and a choreographed act.”
A manhunt ensued in the days after Hall’s report, putting local residents on edge. At one point, a man who resembled Hall’s description of her shooter was taken in for questioning, but then released.
“We didn’t need an uprising,” Morgan said. “We didn’t want any racial tensions. This put a dim view on our department. But we rebounded. It defused pretty quickly.”
Hall worked for three months on the police force in Jackson, a city of about 5,000. She is now serving her time at Arrendale State Prison in Alto. McDonough attorney Jordan Van Matre said he recently filed a motion for a new trial on her behalf.
Hall could have resolved her case with a plea deal. Before trial, she was offered a sentence of five years in prison followed by five years on probation. But she turned it down.
“She’s scared to death of prison,” Hall’s brother, Steve Weaver, said. “She wanted to take a plea, but not one that included prison time. She thought spending 90 days in jail before posting bond was enough.”
The family never expected Wilson would impose such a lengthy sentence if she were convicted, said Weaver, a 47-year-old pastor of a small church in Griffin.
“She definitely didn’t get treated fairly,” he said. “As her brother, obviously it’s hard for me to admit she’s guilty. But if she is guilty, the sentence she received was especially harsh. We hope to seek a sentence reduction in the near future. I mean, this was a nonviolent crime.”
Hall initially told investigators that when she pulled into Camilla Court around midnight she turned her car spotlight on a black man wearing a green shirt. The next thing she knew was she was shot, she said, adding that she took cover behind her patrol car and fired off two rounds in response.
But in the ensuing days, Hall’s account of what happened began to unravel.
First of all, she didn’t realize that her squad car’s video system was operating even though she’d failed to turn on the blue lights, Assistant District Attorney James Moss said.
In the audio from that recording, you can hear only two shots being fired, not three, he said.
Three shell casings were found at the scene: two near the patrol car and one in the woods where Hall said her shooter had been.
As expected, the two casings near the car matched the gun Hall was carrying that night. But the one found in the woods matched a department-issued backup firearm that Hall kept in her nightstand, Moss said. And that gun’s firing pin, which would help further identify a bullet shot from the gun, had been tampered with.
No one has been able to say exactly what happened and how the bullet became lodged in her vest.
Hall also gave inconsistent descriptions about the alleged shooter, said Moss, who credited local authorities and the GBI for conducting a thorough investigation.
“It was dumbfounding that she went to trial,” he said. “She never took responsibility. She invented out of whole cloth a black man who shot her, and if law enforcement hadn’t done their jobs right, we could have had a gentleman wrongly charged with a crime.”
When asked if the lengthy prison term could have been the result of this happening amid national turmoil over police shootings, Moss said, “I think certainly that’s a factor that was taken into account.”
There has been speculation that Hall may have fabricated the incident to improve her stature in the department or to set herself up to get disability payments for post-traumatic stress disorder. But no one close to the case can provide any solid answers.
“I couldn’t prove what the motive was,” Moss said. “But I could prove that what she said was a big bucket full of malarkey.”
Kimberly Berry, who represented Hall at trial, said her client was suffering from severe emotional distress at the time of the incident.
“The day after, she checked herself into a facility for mental health treatment,” Berry said. “She was basically having a nervous breakdown.”
Berry added: “I think Sherry, to this day, doesn’t know exactly what happened.”
Two pieces of mail addressed to the Pentagon have initially tested positive for the deadly chemical ricin, according to reports.
Two defense officials told CNN that the mail was delivered to the Pentagon’s mail facility, but it did not enter the Pentagon itself. The mail facility is a separate building.A piece of mail delivered to the Pentagon mail facility has initially tested positive for ricin, two US defense officials tell @barbarastarrcnn @rabrowne75. The mail facility is a separate building on the Pentagon grounds. The piece of mail never entered the Pentagon building. — Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) October 2, 2018 Pentagon: At least 2 packages suspected of containing ricin delivered to Pentagon today, but did not make it inside building. FBI has the lead on the investigation: spox — Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) October 2, 2018
CNN’s Barbara Starr is reporting that additional testing of two envelopes is underway. The mail that was delivered Monday to the facility is under quarantine.two envelopes never entered the Pentagon building. 20,000 plus people work on the Pentagon grounds https://t.co/6B1xlisYzU — Barbara Starr (@barbarastarrcnn) October 2, 2018
The FBI is leading the investigation, the Examiner reported.
There are no reports of anyone falling ill because of the suspected substance, the Examiner reported.
The pieces of mail were intended for Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, CNN reported.
More than 20,000 people work in the Pentagon, according to CNN.
Ricin is one of the easiest poisons to make and can take several forms, according to Fox News. It is found in castor beans and the waste from the process of making castor oil is where ricin comes from, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There’s a press conference today in Atlanta concerning 106,000 registrants purged from the voter rolls in Georgia. These are names of people who allegedly moved from the state, but have not.
Civil Rights Leaders have filed a lawsuit. Although the press conference in Atlanta is focusing on Georgia, this is the first of several nationwide actions, the result of legal actions and investigation in 27 states led by Rev. Jesse Jackson and investigative reporter Greg Palast following up on Palast’s exposé in Rolling Stone.
Read more on this eye-opening story:
Check with your County’s Supervisor of Elections to make sure your name is still on the voter rolls. Be ready to vote in the November election. The deadline to be registered is Oct 9th.
Vote family. Your vote is your voice.
An advocate for the homeless has threatened a boycott of a Dunkin’ Donuts in Syracuse, New York, after a worker was caught on video pouring a pitcher of water on a man who sleeping in the store, Syracuse.com reported.
The video apparently was filmed Sunday night. In a mostly empty store, a man can be seen with his head down on the table while his phone is charging, Syracuse.com reported.
Then, the video appears to show a worker dumping a pitcher of water on the man, identified by WFRG as Jeremy Youngs, who scrambles to get to his feet. Two people can be heard laughing off-camera, according to the video.
“How many times I’ve got to tell you to stop sleeping in here, my (expletive),” the worker says in the video.
That incident prompted Al-amin Muhammad, who runs “We Rise Above the Streets,” for to help the homeless in Syracuse, to visit the store and ask to speak with the manager. He taped the exchange, Syracuse.com reported.
Muhammad asks workers about the video “disrespecting one of my homeless friends.” A worker attempted to contact the store manager but was unable to do so.
Muhammad threatened a boycott of the store if he did not hear from management by noon Monday, Syracuse.com reported. He was talking to people about what occurred on Facebook Live Monday morning.
Samuel Breazeale has started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise enough money to buy Youngs dry clothes and a new phone charger, WFRG reported.
Update 8:02 p.m. EDT Oct. 1: The employees involved in the incident have been fired, according to an updated statement from Kimberly Wolak, Dunkin’ Franchisee and chief operating officer for the Syracuse store. “We we will be contacting the individual in the video to apologize for the negative experience,” Wolak said.
Update 3:25 p.m. EDT Oct. 1: Officials at Dunkin’ Donuts suspended employees at a Syracuse store Monday, a day after video went viral on social media showing a worker dumping water on a homeless man, the company said in a tweet.
“We were extremely disturbed by the behavior of our employees captured in the video,” Kimberly Wolak, Dunkin’ Franchisee and chief operating officer for the Syracuse store, said in a statement. “It not only violated our written policies, but goes against our core values as an organization.”. @dunkindonuts suspends employees – says company is disturbed by viral video showing employee dumping water on homeless man to him to leave Syracuse, NY store. pic.twitter.com/eL17lYDX7X — Michael Benny (@MichaelBenny) October 1, 2018
Kimberly Wolak, Dunkin’ Franchisee and chief operating officer for the Syracuse store, said in a statement. Wolak said the employees were suspended “pending a complete investigation,” and that the company will better educate its employees on “how to engage with homeless individuals.”
Rapper Cardi B turned herself in to New York City police Monday morning in connection with a fight at a Queens strip club, the New York Post reported.
Cardi B, who was born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, surrendered at the Flushing precinct around 9:30 a.m., the newspaper reported. She did not answer questions.
Almánzar allegedly ordered an attack on two bartenders at the Angels Strip Club in Flushing on Aug. 29, WPIX reported.
The bartenders — sisters Jade and Baddie Gi — claim they were attacked because of allegations they had sex with Cardi B’s husband, Offset, the Post reported.
The bartenders are suing the Bronx-born singer for damages, according to the newspaper.#breaking Cardi B emerges from @NYPD109Pct after being charged with two misdemeanors in connection to strip club fight in Queens. She’s due in court October 29. @PIX11News pic.twitter.com/SLtAygnGBg — Anthony DiLorenzo (@ADiLorenzoTV) October 1, 2018
Kanye West, this week’s musical guest on the season premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, wasn’t the show’s first choice: the scheduled Ariana Grande canceled “for emotional reasons,” says creator Lorne Michaels.
“We had Ariana drop out for emotional reasons two days ago,” Michaels says. West’s appearance, and that of host Adam Driver, on tomorrow’s SNL was announced Sept. 17.
“That’s our premiere,” Michaels continued, “and then Kanye stepped up, and he’ll be there.” The SNL exec producer said West’s last-minute agreement to appear indicated that “the reach of the show and the number of people who step forward” is “at its peak.”
Although Michaels didn’t go into specifics about Grande’s “emotional reasons,” the singer’s ex-boyfriend, MTV rapper Mac Miller, died of an apparent drug overdose on September 7.
SNL with Driver and West airs Saturday at 11:30 pm on NBC.
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