It’s been reported that Kanye West apparently had a meltdown backstage right before his Saturday Night Live performance this past weekend due to an issue with his stage set-up. Now, there seems to be audio of the incident. Page Six claims to have obtained a recording of a clearly frustrated Kanye, yelling “Don’t fuck with me” to NBC staff and calling Taylor Swift out, amongst other things.
UPDATE: According to Complex, a source close to Kanye explains that this whole thing has been taken out of context:
He did NOT yell at SNL staff. This audio was secretly recorded while he was venting his frustration in a private moment with his team. He found out his stage design was changed and taken apart under the direction of the show’s lighting director without anyone’s approval. He had spent an entire day rehearsing and a lot of hard work into the performance. Dramatic set changes were made 30 minutes before going live. It should be understandable why he was upset after being completely blindsided.
Kanye was seen hugging Lorne Michaels just before the goodnights and he stayed afterwards to chat with the staff and the cast, and thanked the producers on his way out the door.