‘SNL’ attracts live audience due to Omicron peak

The NBC variety show said late Saturday afternoon that there would be no live studio audience due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases.

“Due to the recent spike in the Omicron variant and out of caution, there will be no live audience tonight for the recording of ‘Saturday Night Live,'” an NBC spokesperson said in a statement.

The show opened with host Paul Rudd and actors Tom Hanks, Tina Fey and cast member Kenan Thompson onstage for his introduction to the show’s Five-Timers Club for those who have hosted the program at least five times.

They then explained that the show would feature a combination of sketches shot earlier this week and classic Christmas sketches from past years.

Shortly after announcing the show Saturday afternoon, Charli XCX tweeted that “due to the limited crew at the recording of SNL tonight, my musical performance can no longer go on.”

“I am heartbroken and heartbroken,” she tweeted. “I’m safe and sound right now, but obviously very sad. Please take care of yourself out there.”

NBC added in its statement that “the show continues to follow government safety guidelines in addition to a rigorous testing protocol.”

“SNL” drawing its crowd is just the latest live event in New York City to be disrupted by the pandemic.

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Several Broadway shows had to cancel performances this week due to positive Covid-19 tests among the cast or crew. One of the city’s most beloved Christmas traditions, Radio City Rockettes’ “Christmas Spectacular” shows, was also canceled due to Covid-19.
“SNL” has so far had a live audience during the current fall season. During the early days of the pandemic, the show was forced to shut down and episodes were curated from the cast members’ homes.


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