COVID-19 shakes things up again at “Saturday Night Live”.
Roddy Ricch has stepped down as this week’s musical guest due to “recent exposure to COVID on my team,” he announced Wednesday.
Replacing rapper “Box” on Saturday’s show, which will be hosted by “West Side Story” star Ariana DeBose, will be pop band Bleachers, headed by singer-songwriter Jack Antonoff. The appearance marked the “SNL” debut of the Bleachers.
Ricch has informed fans of the cancellation Instagram Stories, wrote, “Due to my team’s recent exposure to COVID and to keep everyone safe, I won’t be able to perform on SNL this weekend. I’m working with the SNL team to finalize a new date!”
The rapper’s cancellation comes less than a month after the spike in COVID cases caused “SNL” to air its last episode in 2021 no musical guests, studio audience and most regular cast of the show.
The episode saw Paul Rudd host the show for a fifth time, featuring only the cast of Kenan Thompson and Michael Che as well as special guest stars Tina Fey and Tom Hanks.
“Saturday Night Live” airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. PT on NBC. The show will also be streamed live via Peacock. (Peacock is owned by our parent company, NBCUniversal.)
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