West — who has been vocal about his support for U.S. President Donald Trump — performed three songs as the musical guest for this weekend’s Season 44 premiere of SNL.
He was wearing one of Trump’s red, “MAGA” hats when the cast and guest host Adam Driver gathered on the stage together at the end of the show.
UsMagazine.com said West addressed the audience after the cameras stopped rolling and said: “They bullied me backstage. They said, ‘Don’t go out there with that hat on.’ They bullied me and then they said I’m in the sunken place!”
Without naming who urged him to take the hat off, West continued: “I think the universe has balance. 90 percent of news are liberal. 90 percent of TV, L.A., New York, writers, rappers, musicians, so it’s easy to make it seem like it’s so, so, so one-sided.”
“The blacks want always Democrats, you know, it’s like the plan they did, to take the fathers out of the home and promote welfare. Does anybody know about that? That’s a Democratic plan.”
Variety said most of the crowd remained quiet, while some people booed as West spoke.
He concluded by thanking SNL for the opportunity to express himself “even though some of y’all don’t agree.”
The hip-hop star tweeted Sunday morning: “Had so much fun at SNL. Lorne agreed that I would host before the year is out. Need to set a date. Gonna be sooooooooo lit. In the words of Lil Pump …Esskeetit !”
The president was also on Twitter Sunday to talk about SNL.
“Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) – no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge!” Trump posted.
The show opened with a satire of last week’s Senate judiciary committee’s hearing into decades-old sexual abuse allegations against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was played by Matt Damon.