Ed Sheeran’s Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis Has ‘SNL’ Producers ‘Scrambling’ To Replace Him

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October 25, 2021 9:25AM EDT

While Ed Sheeran is quarantined owed to his affirmative COVID test, producers for ‘Saturday Night Live’ are reportedly seeking idiosyncratic with a akin assemblage to the English heartthrob.

COVID-19 is inactive ruining plans! After Ed Sheeran revealed that helium had tested positive for COVID-19 connected Sunday October 24, and it has put Saturday Night Live in a pugnacious spot, according to a study by Page Six. The “Shape Of You” vocalist was announced arsenic the philharmonic impermanent for the November 6 occurrence with host Kieran Culkin, 39, but present producers for SNL are reportedly trying to find idiosyncratic to instrumentality implicit philharmonic duties.

When the 30-year-old vocalist announced that he’d tested positive, helium noted that he’d unluckily beryllium forced to cancel in-person performances, and helium would effort to bash things remotely. “It means that I’m present incapable to plough up with immoderate successful idiosyncratic commitments for now, truthful I’ll beryllium doing arsenic galore of my planned interviews/performances I tin from my house,” helium said successful an Instagram post.

Ed Sheeran announced that helium couldn’t bash immoderate in-person performances aft investigating affirmative for COVID. (IBL/Shutterstock)

While Ed has made the connection to execute remotely, it seems improbable to happen. “Ed is offering to execute unrecorded via video link, but this isn’t thing ‘SNL’ does,” the root told Page Six. “The amusement likes to person the performer successful studio.” Since Ed won’t beryllium capable to marque it for the performance, the root besides mentioned that the amusement were looking for “another singer, who appeals to the aforesaid demo,” specified as Shawn Mendes or Justin Bieber. 

Ed is decidedly playing it harmless aft investigating affirmative for COVID. A akin concern happened during SNL’s 2020 season, erstwhile state singer Morgan Wallen was videotaped breaking the show’s COVID protocols and seen partying successful TikTok videos successful Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Morgan was scheduled to execute successful the season’s 2nd occurrence with host Bill Burr, but got chopped from the episode. “I got a telephone from the amusement that I volition nary longer beryllium capable to play. And that’s due to the fact that of COVID protocols, which I understand,” helium said astatine the time. The show replaced the state vocalist with Jack White. Morgan aboriginal appeared successful the seventh occurrence of the seeason with host Jason Bateman.