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One day before this week’s show, Saturday Night Live has found its new musical guest.
“We’re still in the middle of it,” acknowledged Michaels of the last-minute switch before naming White as the replacement. “Calling somebody on a Thursday to be here for Friday, it’s complicated. It has to be people who are ready to go. And he’s always good on the show.”
Michaels, who spoke to the NBC morning show for a Sunday interview from SNL‘s Studio 8H, said that Wallen, who was shown partying with a large group of people without a mask in TikTok videos, will get an invite back to the show for the future.
“It probably isn’t the first person from rock ‘n’ roll who partied after, in that case, a football game or a concert. But we’re just living in a different time and everything is scrutinized,” said Michaels.
Wallen, for his part, took ownership over his behavior, saying in a video posting to his social media, “My actions this past weekend were pretty short-sighted and they have obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams. I respect the show’s decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy and I take ownership for this.”
Saturday marks White’s third solo performance and fourth overall. The episode will be hosted by comedian Bill Burr.
The 46th season of SNL premiered last weekend with host Chris Rock and a smaller live audience amid strict pandemic-era safety protocols. All ticketed guests were required to take a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival, temperature checks were required at check-in and approved masks were required at all times while inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza. It was reported that audience members were paid to attend the show as a result of New York City’s current production guidelines.
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