Exclusive: Kanye West 'Did Not Yell' At 'SNL' Staff, Was 'Completely Blindsided' By Unexpected Set Changes

Kanye West's reported "Saturday Night Live" outburst may have been blown out of proportion.

An inside source told Access Hollywood on Wednesday that audio recordings of the rapper reportedly captured from the "SNL" set were taken out of context.

Kanye was reported to have been shouting at the "SNL" crew in the clip, but the insider said that he was actually addressing his own team and not anyone involved with the show. 

"He did not yell at 'SNL' staff," the source told Access, explaining that Kanye was reacting to unexpected changes implemented shortly before he was scheduled to perform.

"This audio was secretly recorded while he was venting his frustration in a private moment with his team," the source said. "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." 

According to the insider, Kanye acted within reason considering the circumstances.

"It should be understandable why he was upset after being completely blindsided," the source said, adding that there were no hard feelings between Kanye and the "SNL" staff as the night progressed.

"Later in the evening, after everything was fixed and following his performance, Kanye was seen hugging Lorne Michaels just before the goodnights," the source said. "And he stayed afterwards to chat with the staff and the cast, and thanked the producers on his way out the door."

"Saturday Night Live" did not respond for comment when contacted by Access Hollywood. 

-- Erin Biglow

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