NEW YORK (AP) — People’s Sexiest Man Alive of 2021 was certainly inducted into the vaunted Five-Timers Club on “Saturday Night Live,” however the surging omicron variant of the coronavirus meant there was no reside viewers to see it occur. Instead, viewers at residence noticed new sketches taped earlier within the week, in addition to highlights from years previous.
The long-running sketch comedy present introduced on social media Saturday afternoon that the evening’s episode, that includes “Ant-Man” star Paul Rudd as host, would tape with no reside viewers and with solely restricted solid and crew “due to the recent spike in the Omicron variant and out of an abundance of caution.”
By the time 11:30 p.m. Eastern time rolled round, your complete solid — save for Kenan Thompson — and many of the crew had been despatched residence, too, Tom Hanks informed viewers. Hanks opened the present, which forewent its ordinary chilly open skit, to announce the departure from the present’s deliberate Christmas episode. The episode was the NBC present’s final of 2021.
Hanks was joined by former “SNL” stalwart Tina Fey, each sporting their Five-Timers jackets.
“As you know, I started the Five-Timers Club,” Hanks stated, addressing Fey.
Rudd was scheduled to return to Studio 8H as host for the fifth time — usually a milestone of a lot fanfare. Despite the present meting out with its ordinary format, the pair introduced that Rudd would nonetheless be inducted into the membership and known as Thompson, because the longest-tenured solid member, to do the honors.
“Congratulations on hosting the show four-and-a-half times,” Thompson informed Rudd.
“Due to the limited crew at tonight’s taping of snl my musical performances will no longer be able to go ahead,” she wrote. “I am devastated and heartbroken.”
She then urged her followers to “look after yourselves out there and make sure you get vaccinated if you haven’t already.”
The present returned for its forty seventh 12 months in September with 16 solid members and 5 featured gamers, a very crowded area. The dimension of the solid has allowed for atypical flexibility for its high-profile members, who can now take day off for different initiatives in the course of the season.
The present stated on social media that those that had received tickets to the evening’s present would obtain extra data quickly.
New York state reported Saturday that almost 22,000 individuals had examined constructive for COVID-19 on Friday — eclipsing yesterday’s mark for the best single-day whole for brand spanking new circumstances since testing grew to become broadly out there. More than half the constructive outcomes had been within the metropolis. Omicron is predicted to grow to be the dominant coronavirus variant in lots of international locations inside weeks.
Associated Press author Bobby Caina Calvan contributed to this story.
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