‘SNL’ goes without audiences, plays prerecorded skits due to increase in Covid-19 cases


“Tonight everyone at ‘Saturday Night Live’ was planning to do our big Christmas show… but Covid arrived early this year,” Hanks said.

“And we fired our actors, most of our team, but I came from California,” he said. “And if you think I was going to travel 3,000 miles and not be on TV, well, you’ve got something else coming up.”

Hanks – who wore a dress with the number “5” engraved on it to celebrate host Paul Rudd’s induction into “The Five Timers Club,” which is only for celebrities who have hosted five times – then brought out Tina Fey .

“It’s not the smallest audience I’ve ever played for,” said Fey. “I improvised at a Macy’s.”

Hanks and Fey then brought Rudd out and welcomed him to “The Five Timers Club”.

“Thanks for coming,” Rudd said. “I am extremely … disappointed.”

Hanks went on to point out that all was not so bad since Rudd was just named “sexist man of the year”.

“I think it was ‘the sexiest’,” Rudd remarked.

“Yeah, okay,” Hanks said back.

Kenan Thompson, the longest-serving cast member of “SNL”, then stepped out to pay tribute to Rudd by joining the club.

“Whoa, where is everyone?” Thompson asked, looking at the empty studio, before congratulating Rudd for hosting “4.5 times”.

Thompson explained that “SNL” would continue this weekend, but would be a little different. There would be brand new sketches that were saved earlier this week as well as sketches from the past.

“It’s going to be kind of like a new Beatles documentary,” Rudd said. “Lots of old pictures, but enough new things to make you think, ‘Okay, yeah, I’m going to check this out.'”

Earlier on Saturday, an NBC spokesperson said in a statement that “due to the recent spike in the Omicron variant and as a precaution there will be no live hearing for the recording of” Saturday Night Live “tonight.

Shortly after the show’s announcement, scheduled musical guest Charli XCX tweeted that “due to the limited crew during tonight’s” SNL “taping, my musical performance will no longer be able to. take place”.

“SNL” pulling its audience is just the latest live event in New York to be disrupted by growing cases of Covid-19. This includes the cancellation of Broadway performances and the Radio City Rockettes “Christmas Spectacular” shows.

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