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'Tina' Star Chanel Haynes Claims She Was Fired From West End Show Over Rolling Stones Gig

Chanel Haynes

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Chanel detailed what happened that led to be her being let go from the musical, where she has been barred from completing the final three shows.

Chanel had been invited by The Stones to fly from London to Milan to replace backup singer, Sasha Allen, who had to bow out due to an unspecified reason, last week on June 21.

The song that she performed – “Gimme Shelter” – is a big part of the band’s set list and upon watching some of Chanel‘s past performances, the band reached out to see if she would fly to them to perform.

“I can’t say exactly when I got the call because I don’t want to give timelines,” she shared with the outlet. “But I’ll tell you that there was very little notice. Very little. Everybody was biting their nails. ‘How are we going to pull this off’ But I tell you the machine the Stones have is like Buckingham Palace or the White House. They have the same level of personnel. Next thing I knew, I was on a plane to Milan.”

Chanel added that she and Mick Jagger were “just in each other’s face going ‘just a shot away!’ in a little room. He had this little smirk on his face the whole time. When we were done, makeup, catering, and everyone else there started clapping like, ‘This is going to work!’”

However, following the performance, she was sent an email from the Tina musical general manager informing her to “not attend the theatre or any place of work until the suspension has been lifted or investigation has been completed and you have been informed of any decision made.”

The general manager added, “The theater will be informed that you are not permitted to enter.”

Chanel didn’t share any additional details about her being let go from the musical but did say that the show went on.

“I will say that if you’re on the West End, there’s no one person that can stop a show,” she said. “It’s not designed that way. Ultimately, everything was fine. There was a show and a show happened, as did the [Stones] show in Milan. All the shows happened, and I was happy about that.”

A rep for the musical told Rolling Stone that it’s company policy not to comment on personnel-related individual cases.

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