After a positive COVID test, Ed Sheeran may have to retire from SNL

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran
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Last night, during Jason Sudeikis’ episode of Live Saturday Night, the show announced that – after an eerie break next Saturday for Halloween night – the next episode will be shown Follow-up‘s Kieran Culkin as host and lovable / extremely split orange head mopped Ed Sheeran as the musical guest. About … nine hours later, Sheeran announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will now “isolate himself and follow government guidelines.”

Sheeran announced this on Instagram, where he also noted that he will do as many previously scheduled “interviews / performances” as possible from his house. At this point, it is unclear whether it includes SNL, but it seems that it can go both ways. The show is definitely designed to do remote musical performances as it is not that difficult and it had the completely remote episodes in 2020 anyway, but at the same time, why do an external musical performance unless you absolutely have to?

Sheeran has a new album coming out on Friday, so he would probably prefer some sort SNL appearance (god knows Ed Sheeran albums are not going to sell unless he does the whole PR tour) but definitely SNL has a bottomless array of musical artists who want to show up and do the show at the last minute. Dave Grohl did just that SNL last year, so he deserves a break, but Paul Simon has not been around for a long time. There’s no reason Lorne Michaels can not call him and get him to show up in Studio 8H.

Next section of Live Saturday Night, with the return of Kieran Culkin (Deadline points out that he appeared in a few sketches when his brother was the host 30 years ago) and possibly Ed Sheeran’s homecoming (we go with “do not count on it, but we are willing to be surprised”) will be sent on November 6 .


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