Saturday Night Live will still be live from New York tonight, just without an audience.
The iconic comedy series will be broadcasting their scheduled show this evening but due to a Covid-19 omicron variant surge hitting New York City, the decision has been made to do so without a live audience in the show’s famed Studio 8H at Rockefeller Plaza. The show will proceed with “limited cast and crew.”
Additionally, scheduled musical guest Charli XCX will not be part of this evening’s show.
The announcements came from SNL’s official twitter account and Charli XCX’s Instagram account.
Host Paul Rudd is still scheduled to host as of publication.
This marks the first time that the show will be broadcast live without a studio audience. Previously, the show presented three episodes of pre-recorded material in the spring of 2020 when the first Covid-related lockdown happened under the banner of “SNL at Home.” When the show returned to live episode in the fall of 2020, it was with a limited audience that were reuired to be masked.
Due to the recent spike in the Omicron variant and out of an abundance of caution, there will be no live audience for tonight’s taping of “Saturday Night Live” and the show will have limited cast and crew.
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) December 18, 2021