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'SNL' ditches audience, limits cast and crew amid omicron

Paul Rudd
Posted at 2:27 PM, Dec 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-18 17:27:35-05

NEW YORK (AP) — People’s Sexiest Man Alive of 2021 is set to be inducted into the vaunted Five-Timers Club on “Saturday Night Live,” but the surging omicron variant of the coronavirus means there won’t be a live audience to see it happen.

The long-running sketch comedy show announced on social media Saturday afternoon that the night’s episode would tape without a live audience and with only limited cast and crew “due to the recent spike in the Omicron variant and out of an abundance of caution.”

“Ant-Man” star Paul Rudd is the host and British pop star Charli XCX is the night’s musical guest.