Following the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live, fans revealed how disappointed they were after the show had to use old taped sketches and not have a live audience.
According to USA Today, the fans were not the only ones who were not happy with the situation. Paul Rudd, who took the stage as Saturday Night Live’s host for the fifth time, declared he was extremely disappointed as well. But luckily, Tom Hanks and Tiny Fey helped him out.
Despite several cast members, crew, special guests, and even music guest Charli XCX being sent home, Hanks took to the Saturday Night Live stage to make the episode great. “I came here from California. And if you think I was going to fly 3,000 and not be on TV. Well, you’ve got another thing coming.”
Hanks was also decked out in a jacket with the number “5” as a celebration of Rudd’s fifth time as the funny sketch show’s host. Hanks also stated, “Tina, another five-timer. Thank you for joining me. As you know, I started the five-timers club.”
“Oh, like you started COVID,” Fey cracked. Rudd was also given his hosting jacket by long-time Saturday Night Live castmate Kenan Thompson. Thompson then joked that Rudd was getting the jacket for hosting “4.5 times.”
Thompson and Fey then shared that the episode would have sketches that were filmed earlier in the week, as well as past sketches. “It’s going to be a bit like that new Beatles documentary,” Rudd explained in reference to The Beatles: Get Back. “A lot of old footage, but enough new stuff that you’re like, ‘OK, yeah. I’ll watch that.’”
‘Saturday Night Live’ Cancels Live Studio Audience Amid Recent Spikes of COVID-19 Cases in New York City
Prior to its recent episode, the Saturday Night Live bosses made the difficult decision to cancel the live studio audience. This decision was made amid the recent spikes of COVID-19 cases in New York City.
The show’s crew took to Twitter to announce the unfortunate news. “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 limited cast and crew.”
It was then revealed that the show continues to follow all government safety guidelines in addition to a rigorous testing protocol. “If you have won tickets to this show, you will be receiving more information soon. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”
Charli XCX, who was to be the musical guest for the recent episode, said she was devastated and heartbroken. “It can’t happen this time [but] I’ll be back! I am currently safe and healthy, but of course very sad.”