Roddy Ricch Out as ‘SNL’ Musical Guest Due to COVID Exposure

Roddy Ricch has dropped out of Saturday Night Live due to a probable COVID exposure.

On Wednesday, the rapper said on Instagram that someone on his staff had been exposed to the coronavirus: “To keep everyone safe, I won’t be able to perform on SNL this weekend.”

Bleachers, led by Jack Antonoff, will take Ricch’s position on the January 15 program. Ariana DeBose, from West Side Story, will host the show on Saturday.

Ricch also stated that he is working with SNL producers to get a new date for him to appear on the show. On Saturday, he was slated to make his NBC late-night program debut as a musical guest.

The newest COVID-related concern for Saturday Night Live is the change in the musical guests. The program canceled much of its last episode in December after many cast members tested positive. The resultant broadcast, presented by Paul Rudd, had no studio audience, a small crew, and a mix of pre-filmed parts from earlier that week and traditional Christmas skits.

Bleachers will make their Studio 8H debut on Saturday, but Antonoff has previously been on SNL as a member of another of his bands, Fun.

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