Alt-rock heads rejoice: Former White Stripes frontman Jack White is set to replace up-and-coming country star Morgan Wallen as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.
On Wednesday, “SNL” canceled Wallen after TikTok footage surfaced of Wallen partying in tightly packed crowds without a mask after a University of Alabama football game. The “7 Summers” singer broke safety protocol put in place by the show to protects its cast, staff and guests from the novel coronavirus.
“It probably isn’t the first country singer, the first person from rock and roll, who partied after, in that case, a football game,” “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels said on NBC’s “Today” show. “But we’re just living in a different time, and everything is scrutinized.”
Michaels confirmed that White, who has performed on the show three times before, will return this Saturday night — and teased the possibility of additional special guests. White, for his part, recently announced a White Stripes greatest hits album, coming out Dec. 4.
Wallen, on the other hand, is taking comfort in the fact that Michaels offered him a rain check, telling him “we’ll find another time to make this up.”
On Thursday, Wallen posted a heartfelt explanation and apology for his actions to Instagram. He filmed the video in a hotel room in New York City, he said, where he was when “SNL” called him to cancel.