Ed Sheeran Tested Positive For Coronavirus And Now “Saturday Night Live” Is Reportedly “Scrambling” To Replace Him As Musical Guest
Ed Sheeran is supposed to be the musical guest on an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live, but that’s probably not going to happen. Because 30-year-old Ed caught COVID-19 and now he’s holed up in quarantine. Well, I guess it’s better to be dropped as the SNL musical guest over coronavirus than the N-word leaping out of your mouth.
Ed’s fourth album, = (Equals), is due out Friday, and he was supposed to be the musical guest for the November 6th show of SNL the following weekend–hosted by Kieran Culkin. Sadly for Ed, he tested positive for COVID-19 and told everyone on Sunday that he will be self-isolating as UK government protocols say:
Page Six says that this has thrown a wrench into the SNL machine and now producers are “scrambling” to look for a replacement. Oh sure, it must be so hard to find people willing to perform on one of the world’s biggest music and comedy platforms within two weeks’ notice. Bitch, please! But apparently, they need someone very specific:
A source tells us that Sheeran, 30, will not be allowed into the US with a positive COVID-19 test. They’re looking to replace him with “another singer who appeals to the same demo,” the source says, someone like Shawn Mendes or Justin Bieber.
According to the insider, there’s also a chance SNL could let Sheeran perform remotely, though that has yet to be decided. “Ed is offering to perform live via video link, but this isn’t something SNL does,” the source told us. “The show likes to have the performer in studio.” A rep for Sheeran did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
Justin Bieber will be incensed to read this since he and Ed Sheeran couldn’t be more different as Justin is a well-renowned R&B artist.
Just a few weeks ago, Ed performed at the Earthshot Prize Awards, where a bunch of famous people were in attendance like Emma Watson, Emma Thompson, Coldplay, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge–Prince William and Duchess Kate. While Ed didn’t mention whether or not he’s been vaccinated, the Washington Post adds that Ed previously sang about vaccinations when he was on James Corden‘s show in a pro-vaccine type of way.
Well, if Ed Sheeran ended up infecting the royals, THE QUEEN is going to give him a punishment worse than the time Princess Beatrice accidentally slashed his face with a sword. Actually, on second thought, THE QUEEN would probably only send him to the gallows if he infected her favorite, the virus that is Prince Andrew.