SNL CANCELS live audience & limits cast and crew due to COVID outbreak

‘Everyone is fearful’: Saturday Night Live CANCELS its live audience for final show of year with Paul Rudd and limits cast and crew on set due to an outbreak of positive COVID-19 cases

Saturday Night Live canceled their live audience for tonight’s show with Paul Rudd hosting, and also limited the cast and crew on set due to an outbreak of positive COVID-19 cases. 

The weekly sketch comedy show was on the verge of shelving the entire production after ‘four actors’ tested positive for coronavirus and ‘three others’ have called out because they are now ‘fearful’ about coming to NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Center, according to the New York Post.

Insiders told the publication that executive producer Lorne Michaels had tested positive, adding that the ‘show must go on but don’t expect to see Colin Jost, Sarah Sherman or (Aristotle) Athari.’

Oh no: Saturday Night Live canceled their live audience for tonight’s show with Paul Rudd hosting, and also limited the cast and crew on set due to an outbreak of positive COVID-19 cases

Sources said the ‘cast and crew were currently in rehearsals at Studio 8H for the episode,’ but its unclear how tonight’s episode would proceed and that ‘everyone is fearful here.’

‘Due to the recent spike in the Omicron variant and out of an abundance of caution, there will be no live audience for tonight’s taping of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and the show will have limited cast and crew,’ a statement read. 

‘The show continues to follow all government safety guidelines in addition to a rigorous testing protocol.’  

‘Due to the recent spike in the Omicron variant and out of an abundance of caution, there will be no live audience for tonight’s taping of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and the show will have limited cast and crew,’ a statement read

Tough time: This week’s episode is set to star Paul Rudd and mark his fifth time hosting the popular comedy program; seen arriving for rehearsals earlier in the week

Challenges: It’s unclear how producers will work with and around the outbreak

The insider revealed that Cecily Strong was one of the cast members ‘who has voiced concern over the outbreak.’

This week’s episode is set to star Paul Rudd and mark his fifth time hosting the popular comedy program.

English singer and songwriter Charli XCX is slated to return as musical guest nearly six years after debuting on the show with her songs Boom Clap and Break the Rules. 

Difficult: English singer and songwriter Charli XCX is slated to return as musical guest nearly six years after debuting on the show with her songs Boom Clap and Break the Rules; seen arriving for rehearsals earlier in the week

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