Kenan Thompson says that Kanye West was “off-the-ripper weird” when he was the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” in September.
The “SNL” star dished the dirt on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” on Thursday after a caller asked if the “I Love It” rapper had taken the crown from Justin Bieber as the “worst-behaved” musical guest ever on the show.
The caller was referring to comments made earlier this year by former “SNL” performers Bill Hader and Jay Pharoah, who claimed Bieber was the most difficult celebrity guest to work with during their tenure.
Thompson, however, didn’t feel the same way about the “What Do You Mean?” hitmaker. “I didn’t really have that much of a bad time with Bieber, I like him,” he said, but as far as West is concerned, Thompson was much more critical.
“Kanye was super far-off-the-ripper-type weirdness,” he confessed. “Like the ripper of weirdness was here, he was like way over there.”
The 40-year-old comedian previously spoke about West’s antics when he appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in October. “He voiced his opinion, very loudly, for a long time,” Thompson revealed, referring to a speech West made on stage.
“We’re all entitled to our opinion, but you know, I don’t know if that’s the moment, necessarily, to hold people hostage like that — but hey. As soon as he said, ‘Hey, join me up on stage everybody,’ I was like, ‘Oh, there goes the little cheese in the mousetrap.'”
“I felt so bad for those guys because it’s hard to stand there and not be able to debate somebody who’s going so far against, you know, your personal opinion and just stand there and take it.
“We’re fair. We’re in the service business. We try to cater to the host, make sure they have a good show and whatnot, and then when musical guests come in and they’re a little bit crazy, maybe they’re a little bit crazy. We let ’em have that. We don’t judge. We’re not there to judge.”