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Morgan Wallen pulled from ‘SNL’ due to ‘COVID protocols’

The rising country star, 27, was supposed to be the musical guest this Saturday along with host Bill Burr. However, after TikTok videos surfaced of Wallen partying without a mask and kissing multiple women while at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa over the weekend, NBC rescinded its invitation amid the pandemic.

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While TikTok has helped accelerate the “7 Summers” singer’s rise to fame (he has over 1 million followers), it was videos posted to the video-sharing site that led to his invitation being nixed. There to see the Alabama-Texas A&M football game, the videos showed him drinking in a crowded bar, kissing different women, riding in the back of someone’s car, taking snapshots with fans and playing a guitar at a jam-packed indoor gathering. Wallen wore a neck gaiter, but not covering his mouth — and people he was with didn’t have proper face coverings, either.

Chris Rock as host and Megan Thee Stallion as musical guest. Rock said on the Ellen DeGeneres Show that he was tested daily leading up to the show — and so was everyone around him. He also said everyone had a mask, and some people had double shields and gloves, which he described as “necessary” and “the price to work.”” data-reactid=”37″>The sketch show has been stringent with its coronavirus safety protocols. The show returned last weekend with Chris Rock as host and Megan Thee Stallion as musical guest. Rock said on the Ellen DeGeneres Show that he was tested daily leading up to the show — and so was everyone around him. He also said everyone had a mask, and some people had double shields and gloves, which he described as “necessary” and “the price to work.”

compensated at $150 a piece to comply with New York State COVID-19 guidelines.” data-reactid=”38″>For the actual show, the crew wore masks and shields, and the cast had masks on when they weren’t in a scene. As for the audience, attendees were also masked and tested, as well as compensated at $150 a piece to comply with New York State COVID-19 guidelines.

Lorne Michaels said they were using heat sensors and rapid coronavirus tests for people just to get into 30 Rock, the building where the show takes place from within Studio 8H. Further, meetings were cut down from 40 people to 3. Read-throughs were done with many feet between participants. There were also limits on how many people could be on the floor at once, with camera operators coming in at the last minute.” data-reactid=”39″>SNL creator Lorne Michaels said they were using heat sensors and rapid coronavirus tests for people just to get into 30 Rock, the building where the show takes place from within Studio 8H. Further, meetings were cut down from 40 people to 3. Read-throughs were done with many feet between participants. There were also limits on how many people could be on the floor at once, with camera operators coming in at the last minute.

said. “But we did a show with anthrax in the building. We did a show after 9/11. That’s what we’ve always done.”” data-reactid=”40″>“Obviously, I take my responsibility for people’s health and lives very seriously,” Michaels said. “But we did a show with anthrax in the building. We did a show after 9/11. That’s what we’ve always done.”