One day before this week’s show, Saturday Night Live has found its new musical guest. Jack White will replace Morgan Wallen, the country singer who was dropped from the NBC sketch series after breaking COVID-19 safety protocols, SNL boss Lorne Michael’s announced on the Today show on Friday morning (Oct. 9). “We’re still in the middle of it,” acknowledged Michaels of the last-minute switch before naming White as the replacement.
“Calling somebody on a Thursday to be here for Friday, it’s complicated. It has to be people who are ready to go. And he’s always good on the show.” Michaels, who spoke to the NBC morning show for a Sunday interview from SNL‘s Studio 8H, said that Wallen, who was shown partying with a large group of people without a mask in TikTok videos, will get an invite back to the show.
“It probably isn’t the first person from rock ‘n roll who partied after, in that case, a football game or a concert. But we’re just living in a different time and everything is scrutinized,” said Michaels. Wallen, for his part, took ownership over his behavior, saying in a video posting to his social media, “My actions this past weekend were pretty short-sighted and they have obviously affected my longterm goals and my dreams.”
“I respect the show’s decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy and I take ownership for this.” Wallen has also dropped out a planned headline appearance at the Rome (Ga.) River Jam on Friday night in the wake of the controversy over his unmasked TikTok partying videos.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.