SNL drops live viewers, Charli XCX backs out amid COVID surge

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Saturday’s present is SNL’s remaining episode for 2021.

NEW YORK — 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 will not be a live viewers to see it occur.

The long-running sketch comedy present announced on Twitter Saturday afternoon that the evening’s episode would tape and not using a live viewers and with solely restricted cast and crew “as a result of latest spike within the Omicron variant and out of an abundance of warning.”

“Ant-Man” star Paul Rudd is the host, returning to Studio 8H for the fifth time — usually a milestone of a lot fanfare. British pop star Charli XCX was set to be the evening’s musical visitor, however she announced on Twitter that she was unable to carry out as a result of present’s restricted crew. 

“It can’t happen this time, but I’ll be back!” the singer wrote. “I am currently safe and healthy but of course very sad.”

The Dec. 18 episode was the NBC present’s final introduced episode for the year.

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

The present returned for its 47th year in September with 16 cast members and 5 featured gamers, a very crowded area. The dimension of the cast has allowed for atypical flexibility for its high-profile members, who can now take break day for different initiatives through the season.

The present stated those that had received tickets to the evening’s present would obtain extra info quickly.

This is much from the primary time the Lorne Michaels-produced show has needed to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. The virus outbreak halted its 45th season for a couple of month, however “SNL” was again on the air by mid-April with a “quarantine version” of the show 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, British singer Ed Sheeran had to perform from home after contracting the coronavirus.

New York state reported Saturday that almost 22,000 individuals had examined constructive for COVID-19 on Friday — eclipsing yesterday’s mark for the best single-day complete for brand spanking new circumstances since testing turned extensively out there. More than half the constructive outcomes have been within the metropolis. Omicron is predicted to grow to be the dominant coronavirus variant in lots of international locations inside weeks.

Other live reveals in New York have been devastated anew by the recent coronavirus surge, with many Broadway phases compelled to go darkish due to outbreaks. Mayor Bill de Blasio this previous week declared omicron “in full force” in New York, snuffing out holiday mainstays like the Rockettes Christmas present and threatening others but — all portending another holiday season without much cheer.

Val Lick contributed to this report.

Paul Rudd! Charli XCX!

Our final episode of 2021!

THIS SATURDAY pic.twitter.com/x05pP9eMzW

— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) December 14, 2021

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