‘Saturday Night Live’ ditches audience, musical performances amid omicron fears : NPR

Paul Rudd attends the premiere of “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” at AMC Lincoln Square on November 13, 15, 2021, in New York. Roode hosted SNL for the fifth time on Saturday, but the show was filmed without a live audience.

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Paul Rudd attends the premiere of “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” at AMC Lincoln Square on November 13, 15, 2021, in New York. Roode hosted SNL for the fifth time on Saturday, but the show was filmed without a live audience.

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The omicron variant display was no joke, Saturday Night Live Its latest show was recorded over the weekend without a live audience, as COVID-19 cases surged again across the United States and experts warned of another surge in infections.

The NBC live comedy show also had a limited cast and broadcast crew, which featured host Paul Rudd in person.

“I’m so disappointed,” Rod said with a smile. opening monologue. Fellow actors Tom Hanks, Tina Fey, and Kenan Thompson were there to introduce him to the “Five Timers Club” of the people who hosted him. SNL At least five times.

But the show, as originally planned, did not continue.

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

Although there is still a lot we don’t know about omicron, experts say the most severe scenario could result in 500,000 infections a day, overwhelm the health care system and lead to a significant number of deaths. Rosier’s forecast will still see a rise in new infections, but hospitalizations and deaths will rise less.

SNL chirp It was following government safety guidelines and testing protocol, and said it would contact people who won tickets to the show.

The broadcast showed new sketches taped earlier in the week, as well as others from previous episodes.

The scheduled live performances of music guest Charli XCX, who chirp She was “broken and heartbroken” at not being able to play.

During the first closed months of the epidemic, SNL Cast members and guests were recording themselves. But like many TV and movie productions, the show returned to in-person broadcasts before the omicron variant arrived.

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