‘SNL’ to air without live audience amid Omicron COVID-19 spread – National

‘SNL’ to air without live audience amid Omicron COVID-19 spread – National

People’s Sexiest Man Alive of 2021 is ready to be inducted into the vaunted Five-Timers Club on “Saturday Night Live,” however the surging omicron variant of the coronavirus means there received’t be a live audience to see it occur.

The lengthy-working sketch comedy present introduced on social media Saturday afternoon that the night time’s episode, that includes “Ant-Man” star Paul Rudd as host, would tape without a live audience and with solely restricted solid and crew “due to the recent spike in the Omicron variant and out of an abundance of caution.”

British pop star Charli XCX had been scheduled to carry out however introduced Saturday afternoon on Twitter that she wouldn’t be allowed to carry out.

“Due to the limited crew at tonight’s taping of snl my musical performances will no longer be able to go ahead,” she wrote. “I am devastated and heartbroken.”

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She then urged her followers to “look after yourselves out there and make sure you get vaccinated if you haven’t already.”

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Rudd is returning to Studio 8H as host for the fifth time — usually a milestone of a lot fanfare. The Dec. 18 episode was the NBC present’s final introduced episode for the yr.

It’s unclear which solid members will seem on Saturday’s present, which often tapes a gown rehearsal at 8 p.m., adopted by the live present at 11:30 p.m.

The present returned for its forty seventh yr in September with 16 solid members and 5 featured gamers, a very crowded discipline. The dimension of the solid has allowed for atypical flexibility for its excessive-profile members, who can now take day without work for different tasks through the season.

The present stated on social media that those that had received tickets to the night time’s present would obtain extra info quickly.

This is way from the primary time the Lorne Michaels-produced present has had to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. The virus outbreak halted its forty fifth season for a few month, however “SNL” was again on the air by mid-April with a “quarantine version” of the present hosted by Tom Hanks. The present returned to 30 Rockefeller Center for its forty sixth season after implementing COVID-19 protocols, however booted singer Morgan Wallen from that season’s second episode for breaking guidelines. And simply final month, an SNL efficiency on set by British singer Ed Sheeran was practically derailed after he examined optimistic for COVID-19.

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New York state reported Saturday that just about 22,000 individuals had examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Friday — eclipsing the day prior to this’s mark for the best single-day complete for brand spanking new circumstances since testing grew to become broadly obtainable. More than half the optimistic outcomes had been within the metropolis. Omicron is predicted to grow to be the dominant coronavirus variant in lots of international locations inside weeks.

Other live exhibits in New York have been devastated anew by the current coronavirus surge, with many Broadway levels compelled to go darkish due to outbreaks. Mayor Bill de Blasio this previous week declared omicron “in full force” in New York, snuffing out vacation mainstays just like the Rockettes Christmas present and threatening others but — all portending one other vacation season without a lot cheer.

Associated Press author Bobby Caina Calvan contributed to this story.

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