Roddy Ricch cancels Saturday Night Live appearance after COVID-19 exposure

Roddy Ricch on Wednesday withdrew from his scheduled appearance on Saturday Night Live after he was a close contact to a staffer with COVID-19.

‘Due to recent Covid exposure on my team and to keep everyone safe I won’t be able to perform on SNL this weekend,’ the 23-year-old rapper said on Instagram Stories.

The Box performer added that he was ‘working with the SNL team to lock in a new date though.’

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The latest: Roddy Ricch, 23, on Wednesday withdrew from his scheduled appearance on Saturday Night Live after he was a close contact to a staffer with COVID-19. He was snapped in LA last year 

The Compton, California native had been slated to be the musical guest on the NBC comedy staple alongside West Side Story actress Ariana DeBose, who is hosting.

The pop group Bleachers will perform in place of the Late at Night artist, making their SNL debut in support of their album Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, which was released last summer. 

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The group said on Instagram, ‘The hardest attempt to date of taking the sadness out of saturday night … bleachers are the first musical guest of 2022 on @nbcsnl !!’

The group’s Jack Antonoff had previously appeared on the show during his time with the band Fun.

The rapper explained the course of events on Instagram Stories

The pop group Bleachers will perform in place of the Late at Night artist, making their SNL debut in support of their album Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night

Ricch had been slated to be the musical guest on the NBC comedy staple alongside West Side Story actress Ariana DeBose, who is hosting. He was snapped in November in Texas

According to Deadline, the show is tentatively set to move forward with a full cast, crew and audience amid the ongoing spread of the omicron variant.

Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in New York City last month, the show broadcast with a ramped-down staff and no studio audience, with cast members Kenan Thompson and Michael Che, host Paul Rudd and special guests Tina Fey and Tom Hanks appearing on the December 18 episode.

Musical guest Charli XCX’s appearance on the episode was called off with the reduced personnel on hand for the episode, as she had been slated to perform with Caroline Polachek and Christine and the Queens.

‘Hi everyone, due to the limited crew at tonight’s taping of SNL my musical performances will no longer be able to go ahead,’ she said on Instagram. ‘I am devastated and heartbroken. Myself, Caroline, Christine and all our crews and teams have worked so hard all week alongside the SNL team to bring the most amazing musical performance to life.’

She added: ‘It can’t happen this time but I’ll be back! I am currently safe and healthy but of course very sad. Please look after yourselves out there and make sure you get vaccinated if you haven’t already. Lots of love, Charli.’

Saturday Night Live airs on NBC and Peacock at 11:30/10:30c.

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