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Saturday Night not-so-live: SNL gets weird thanks to omicron

SNL didn't feature a musical guest or a live audience, and hardly any cast members appeared live.

Saturday Night Live was live this weekend, but not in front of a live audience. Host Paul Rudd was there, but most of the cast wasn't. Musical guest Charli XCX didn't perform, and very few people were present in the studio watching.

"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," a representative for NBC said in a statement released on Saturday and obtained by CNN.

While Rudd did appear as host, Charli XCX tweeted on Saturday that her planned musical performances could not go ahead due to a limited crew, writing that she was "devastated and heartbroken."

She later followed up with a tweet noting that the cancellation was not her choice.

"Heya just to clear up any confusion i didn't decide to cancel or pull out of the show tonight!" she tweeted. "We were informed at around 3pm ish that my segment of the show wouldn't be able to go ahead for everyone's safety and so there was nothing we could do."

The show featured a mix of sketches from years past mixed in with new sketches taped earlier in the week. Former cast member Tina Fey and current cast member Michael Che teamed up to read the Weekend Update news jokes seated in chairs on the stage, with no set or costumes. 

While Rudd was still considered the host, actor Tom Hanks, who's hosted SNL 10 times, also showed up to introduce acts and to join Rudd and cast member Kenan Thompson watching the Update sketch.

Saturday marked Rudd's fifth time hosting the show, and Thompson joked to him that it still kind of counted.

"Congratulations on hosting the show four and a half times," he said.