COVID forces Saturday Night Live to end year without an audience

Showrunners over at Saturday Night Live announced late this afternoon that out of an abundance of caution there would be no audience for tonight’s taping and a limited cast. The final SNL of 2021.

There will also be no musical guest. Charlie XCX had been scheduled. You can view the tweets below.

Charlie XCX also tweeted her regrets.

While circumstances are certainly understandable, it’s an unfortunate turn of events for the show right now. Saturday Night Live is off to it’s best start in years. The new cast members have been funny and the old cast members are still making us laugh. Even the hopeless “Weekend Update” has been enjoyable so far this year with Colin Jost and Michael Che actually being funny for a change. Every host and musical guest has been good.

The show will still go on with Paul Rudd as host. If there is a talent that can pull of a stripped down show no audience, it’s him.

SNL modified their show during the beginning of the pandemic, going to a zoom oriented presentation for the ending of that season with mixed results.

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