Will Saturday Night Live have a live audience tonight?

AHEAD of its final episode of the year, Saturday Night Live is reportedly making some changes in efforts to keep the cast members safe.

Due to a recent spike in coronavirus cases in New York City, tonight's episode will limit its cast.

Will Saturday Night Live have a live audience tonight?

The episode of SNL on December 18, 2021, will not record in front of a live studio audience.

Saturday Night Live took to their Twitter account to make the announcement on Saturday afternoon, stating: "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.

"The show continues to follow all government safety guidelines in addition to a rigorous testing protocol," they continued.

According to the Post, a few cast members may have allegedly tested positive for the virus, which reportedly has other cast members in fear.

"Everyone is fearful here," an insider reportedly told the Post.

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Who is set to host tonight's episode of Saturday Night Live?

Paul Rudd is set to host tonight's episode of SNL, and will be joining the Five-Timers Club.

Rudd made his first appearance as a host on the sketch comedy show in 2008, followed by hosting gigs in 2010, 2013, and 2019.

Alongside him will be musical guest Charli XCX, who performed for the first time on the show in 2014.

As it is the last episode of the year and Rudd's induction into the Club, special guests are expected to appear throughout the show.

However, with the news of the limited cast and live audience closure, it is unclear who will be performing tonight.

What is Saturday Night Live?

Created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ersebol, the show premiered in 1975.

After a quick break from SNL to pursue other opportunities, Michaels returned to his position as showrunner in 1985, where he has remained ever since.

The late-night sketch comedy and variety show features a slew of returning and new cast members each year. Every episode is hosted by a celebrity guest, along with a musical performance.

Broadcast in New York City, SNL is typically recorded in front of a live studio audience.

With the onset of Covid-19, the show has taken precautions in the past to avoid spreading the virus, including no live audience and at-home sketches.

Where can I watch Saturday Night Live?

Season 47 of SNL premiered on October 2 and fans can watch it live on Saturday nights starting at 11.30pm EST on NBC.

It is available for streaming on Hulu and Peacock.

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