Kenan Thompson says Kanye West “held SNL cast hostage” during SNL speech

“It’s hard to stand there and not be able to debate somebody who’s going so far against your personal opinion, as well, and just stand there and take it.”

October 02, 2018

While visiting Late Night With Seth Meyers on Monday night, Kenan Thompson shared his thoughts on Kanye West's political tirade at the end of SNL's season premiere. "He voiced his opinion very loudly...For a long time," Thompson said. The SNL star also likened West's pro-Trump speech to a hostage situation, saying, "We're all entitled to our opinions, though I don't know if that's the moment necessarily to hold people hostage like that."

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Thompson shared that he was not present on stage during the incident, however, choosing instead to watch West's performance from the crowd. The comedian also said he felt bad for his cast mates who were on stage during Kanye's rant.

"I felt so bad for those guys. It's hard to stand there and not be able to debate somebody who's going so far against your personal opinion, as well, and just stand there and take it."

West's speech was not broadcast on television, and came after a Kid Cudi-assisted performance of "Ghost Town" from his ye album. The Chicago native quickly transitioned the song into an off-the-cuff address about Donald Trump, and being "bullied" for choosing to wear a Make America Great Again cap during the show among other things.

Watch Thompson on Late Night above.

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Kenan Thompson says Kanye West “held SNL cast hostage” during SNL speech