‘Saturday Night Live’ drops audiences, musical performances amid omicron fears


Showing the omicron variant was no joke, Saturday Night Live recorded its last show over the weekend without a live audience, as COVID-19 cases rose again in the United States and experts warned of a new wave of infections.

NBC’s live-action comedy show also had a limited cast and crew for the lean airing, which featured host Paul Rudd himself.

“I am extremely disappointed,” Rudd said with a dangling smile. the opening monologue. Other actors Tom Hanks, Tina Fey and Kenan Thompson were on hand to induct him into the “Five Timers Club” of the people who hosted SNL at least five times.

But the show, as initially planned, did not take place.

Highly transmissible variant of omicron has once again changed life in the United States as authorities warn of an upcoming spike in infections and people rush to get booster shots and tests of coronavirus during the winter holiday season.

While there is still a lot about omicron that we don’t know, experts say the worst-case scenario could produce 500,000 infections per day, overwhelm the healthcare system and result in high numbers of deaths. Rosier’s projections would still see new infections skyrocket, but hospitalizations and deaths would increase less dramatically.

SNL tweeted that he was following government safety guidelines and a testing protocol, and said he would contact people who won tickets to the show.

The show featured new skits recorded earlier in the week, as well as others from the previous episodes.

The scheduled concerts of musical guest Charli XCX, who tweeted that she was “devastated and heartbroken” that she couldn’t play.

During the first months of containment of the pandemic, SNL has registered its cast members and guests. But like many TV and film productions, the show had reverted to in-person broadcasts before the omicron variant arrived.

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