Jack White Named ‘SNL’ Musical Guest After Morgan Wallen Booted Over COVID Violations
Jack White is stepping in as a last-minute replacement for "Saturday Night Live" this week after the NBC show sacked previously booked artist Morgan Wallen after violating COVID-19 guidelines.
Former White Stripes frontman White will make his third solo appearance (and fourth overall, including the White Stripes' 2002 appearance) on SNL with host Bill Burr on October 10th. The White Stripes Greatest Hits collection will be released on December 4th.
Country singer Wallen, who appeared in the sixth season of "The Voice", published an Instagram video on Wednesday in which he told fans that he had been informed by "SNL" that he was no longer playing the show could. He said he hadn't tested positive for COVID-19, but "my actions over the past weekend were pretty short-sighted and obviously influenced my long-term goals and dreams." Wallen was referring to TikTok video postings in which he socialized without a mask in a crowded bar and at a house party in Alabama.
"Jack White is coming in and there could be some ... other things," said Lorne Michaels, creator and executive producer of "SNL", in an interview that aired on Today on Friday that hinted at possible surprise guests. “It's complicated to call someone on a Thursday to be here on a Friday. It has to be people who are ready to go ... and [white is] always good on the show. "
Regarding Wallen, Michaels also noted that he “probably isn't the first country singer [or] the first rock and roll person to party after a soccer game… But we're just living in a different time and everything what it questioned. "
"Saturday Night Live," currently in season 46 of NBC, is being produced in association with Michaels' Broadway Video. Earlier this month, every season of "SNL" became available to NBCUniversals Peacock.
This year's "SNL" premiere on October 3rd was hosted by Chris Rock with the musical guest Megan Thee Stallion. Featured guest stars like Jim Carrey (as Joe Biden), Alec Baldwin (as Donald Trump) and Maya Rudolph (as Kamala Harris) were seen in the cold, recreating the disastrous first presidential debate in which Trump repeatedly interrupted and insulted Biden.
"Saturday Night Live" returned to Studio 8H at 30 Rock (with a limited personal audience) for the first time since April, when the show transitioned to a remote-produced "at-home" format amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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