"SNL" brings back Morgan Wallen after cancellation, Timothee Chalamet to make hosting debut

The musician was originally scheduled to perform in October until videos surfaced of him partying without a mask

By Elaine Low
November 25, 2020 7:55PM (UTC)
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Morgan Wallen performs onstage at Nashville’s Music City Center for “The 54th Annual CMA Awards” (Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for CMA)

This article originally appeared on Variety.

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"Saturday Night Live" is giving country singer Morgan Wallen a second chance.

The sketch comedy show has slated Wallen as the musical guest for Dec. 5, with host Jason Bateman, following the cancellation of a scheduled October appearance after videos surfaced of Wallen partying and kissing fans without a mask, an apparent breach of "SNL" COVID-19 safety protocols.

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NBC announced the "SNL" slate for the last three shows of the year, with Timothee Chalamet set to make his hosting debut on Dec. 12, alongside musical guest Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Kristen Wiig and Dua Lipa are slated to take the "SNL" stage on Dec. 19.

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Wallen had originally been slated to perform in Studio 8H on Oct. 10. But a number of TikToks revealed that he had been socializing maskless at multiple locations in Alabama the weekend prior, including a crowded bar and house party. The criticism on social media was swift, condemning the singer for what appeared to be a cavalier attitude toward the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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The musician was apologetic, posting an Instagram video from a New York City hotel room on Oct. 7, where he had been preparing to go on "SNL" before being informed by producers that he would no longer be able to play the show three days away.

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Wallen called his decisions "short-sighted" and took ownership for his actions, telling fans that he had "some growing up to do." Jack White wound up replacing Wallen as the Oct. 10 musical guest.

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"Let's try this again," tweeted Wallen, shortly after NBC announced his re-scheduled appearance.


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