Roddy Ricch withdrew from the scheduled music guest slot at the season premiere of ‘Saturday Night Live‘ this weekend and was replaced by The Bleachers, a band led by Jack Antonoff, NBC announced. A representative for the rapper confirmed that the change was due to Covid on his team. The announcement came just six days after the show‘s cast was announced.
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Ricch is the third music guest to pull out of a performance in the show for covid-related reasons, all of which have changed. In October 2020, Morgan Wallen‘s planned appearance was canceled by the show after photos and videos surfaced on social media after he broke protocol by socializing unmasked at a crowded bar and a house party in Alabama a few days before the show and using the banned word.
He issued an apology shortly afterwards and said he respected the show’s decision and, although he did not test positive, “my actions last weekend were quite short-sighted and clearly affected my long-term goals and dreams.” The show was reprogrammed a few weeks later.
In December, Charli XCX‘s scheduled performance for the final show of the 2021 season was canceled after the Omicron variant reached alarming levels in New York, forcing “SNL” to stage a dramatically shrunk version of the show, which they produced with a bare-bones cast and only two castmembers. That announcement was canceled a few hours before the show started.
Charli, who will perform alongside Caroline Polachek, Christine and Queens, wrote on social media:
“Hi everyone, due to the limited crew on tonight‘s ‘SNL‘, my musical performances will no longer be able to continue. ” Charli XCX wrote on Instagram. “I was devastated and heartbroken. Me, Caroline, Christine and all our teams and teams have worked hard with the ‘SNL‘ team all week to bring the most amazing musical performance to life. ”