Saturday night live will be recording without a live audience on Saturday (December 18) as COVID-19 Cases associated with the omicron variant continue to increase in New York City and around the world.
NBC’s venerable comedy show announced the decision to its social media channels about eight hours before the episode featured host Paul Rudd and musical guests. Charli XCX was scheduled to shoot.
“Due to the recent spike in the Omicron variant and out of an abundance of caution, there will be no live audience for tonight’s taping of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and the show will feature cast and crew numbers. restricted film,” the program’s announcement read. “The program continues to follow all government safety guidelines in addition to a rigorous vetting process.”
This follows a series of recent COVID-related cancellations for live entertainment in NYC, including many Broadway shows coming to night for different number of days. Rockettes also announced their annual Christmas Spectacular has been canceled for 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic.
Due to the recent spike in the Omicron variant and out of an abundance of caution, there will be no live audience for tonight’s “Saturday Night Live” taping and the show will feature a larger cast and crew. limit.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.
https://www.billboard.com/culture/tv-film/snl-omicron-covid-19-live-audience-1235012551/ ‘SNL’ cancels live audience between Omicron Spike – Billboard