The “Weekend Update” is gearing up to go back in time thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak.
An insider told The Post that “Saturday Night Live,” Tina Fey, 51, is in talks to “fill in” for Colin Jost, 39, on the “Weekend Update” table this evening when he’s is said to have participated in the program After a series of positive tests among the actors.
In addition, musical guest Charli XCX Officially guaranteed performance, saying she was “devastated and heartbroken” by the turn of events.
Fey’s alleged appearance will mean her return to the 30th Rockefeller Center anchor chair: She co-hosted “Weekend Update” with Amy Poehler, 50, from 2004 to 2005. 2006 and before that was current “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, 47, from 2000 to 2004.
Fey’s returning “SNL” Emmy Award-winner could also mean a reunion of sorts with Fallon, who an insider said is one of the “possibility” to appear in the monologue. by host Paul Rudd to celebrate the fifth time he’s hosted the sketch series. Jost often hosts “Weekend Updates” with Michael Che, 38.
An insider told The Post there will be a “minimal” crew for tonight’s sketch show – whatever the format – and the only cast remaining is longtime staffer Kenan Thompson, 43 age, who will be present to introduce the recording before the videos. The source said they were “not sure what we were going to do” about the structure of the episode, adding that a “clip show” was even a possibility.
Before there was a live audience and the cast and crew were sent home, executive producer Lorne Michaels is said to have been “trying to hold on” to make the show work in some form.
“Everybody here is scared,” the insider told The Post earlier in the day.
The show, now in its 47th season, announced on Saturday that it would not have a live audience for this week’s taping because of a spike in coronavirus cases – and set records – in New York City and beyond.
“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 have a larger cast and crew. limited filmmaking,” the program said in a statement. “The program continues to follow all government safety guidelines in addition to a rigorous vetting process.”
Rudd was set to host the show alongside singer Charli XCX, who announced on Twitter that she would not be performing on Saturday night.
“hi everyone. due to the limited number of crew tonight my musical performance will no longer be possible,” she wrote. “I am devastated and heartbroken. myself, caroline , christine and all our members and team worked so hard all week with snl team to bring the best musical performances to life.it can’t happen this time but I will be back!
“I am safe and healthy now but of course very sad,” she continued. “Take care of yourself out there and make sure you get vaccinated if you haven’t already. lots of love, Charli. ”
Representing “SNL,” Fey and Rudd did not respond to a request for comment from The Post
“The positive cases are so numerous that it scares people away,” a “SNL” insider told The Post of the outbreak and its effect on the cast and crew.
“Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see what’s on the air tonight,” they added.
The outbreak occurred when a string of Broadway shows – including “Company”, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” “Hamilton,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Tina – Tina Turner Musical” and “Freestyle Love Supreme”- All are temporarily closed last week due to concerns about COVID.
Radio City Rockettes – just around the corner at Radio City Music Hall on Sixth Avenue – also cut their season short on the Friday after the outbreak.
https://nypost.com/2021/12/18/tina-fey-to-sub-for-colin-jost-amid-snl-covid-19-outbreak/ Tina Fey sub to Colin Jost amid ‘SNL’ COVID-19 outbreak