Kanye West held "Saturday Night Live" "hostage" when he broke into an extended speech that began with him accusing people of "bullying" him backstage over his "Make America Great Again" hat, according to veteran cast member Kenan Thompson.
“I don’t know if that’s the moment necessarily to hold people hostage like that, but hey,” Thompson said during an interview with the NBC's “Late Night with Seth Meyers." He did add: "We’re all entitled to our opinions."
After performing "Ghost Town" to close out the 44th season premiere for "SNL," West's complaints about the behavior of some of the cast and crew backstage and his speech, which included comments in support of President Trump, continued even after the live feed from NBC had ended.
West had invited people on stage for the final song, but Thompson — who is the longest serving "SNL" cast member in the show's history — declined so he could watch the rapper on screen.
"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 your personal opinion," Thompson said.
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