Jack White has been tapped to replace Morgan Wallen as this weekend’s musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
Wallen, a 27-year-old country singer, was dropped Wednesday after video emerged of him partying maskless just days before the gig.
Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels announced White’s gig this Friday via Today, adding that Wallen will eventually sing on his show on some later date.
Back at it: Jack White has been tapped to replace Morgan Wallen as this weekend’s musical guest on Saturday Night Live; White is pictured during his previous appearance in 2018
MIchaels explained: ‘I know Jack White is coming in, and there could be some other stuff still in discussion.’
White, who has played Saturday Night Live three times prior, was ‘always good on the show, just always good,’ said MIchaels.
He was first a musical guest on the show in 2002 with his ex-wife Meg with whom he was part of The White Stripes until 2011.
Since then White has performed on the show as a solo act first in 2012 and then in 2018 in support of his album Boarding House Beach.
The way they were: He was first a musical guest on the show in 2002 with his ex-wife Meg with whom he was part of The White Stripes until 2011
Going it alone: Since then White has performed on the show as a solo act first in 2012 (pictured) and then in 2018 in support of his album Boarding House Beach
Michaels shared that the process of procuring a last-minute act ‘depends on whether their band is together. Calling somebody on a Thursday to be here for Friday and say, you know, is complicated. It has to be people who are ready to go.’
White will feature on an episode hosted by Bill Burr, following last weekend’s season premiere with Chris Rock as the host and Megan Thee Stallion as the musical guest.
The NBC decision to drop Wallen comes after he was caught on video partying mask-less at a bar in Tuscaloosa, Alabama this past Saturday, as per Deadline.
Wallen confirmed the unfortunate news in a video published to his Instagram page on Wednesday afternoon.
Bye bye: Morgan Wallen will no longer appear as this week’s musical guest on Saturday Night Live
‘It’s a tough video for me to make but a necessary one,’ began Wallen, who filmed the ‘tough video’ in his New York City hotel room, where he had been staying in anticipation for Saturday’s show.
He explained that he ‘got a call’ from those in charge at Saturday Night Live informing him that he would not be able to perform on the show’s upcoming episode because he violated ‘COVID protocols.’
He went on to say that he ‘understands’ SNL’s decision, but that he is ‘NOT positive for COVID.’
The singer admitted that his ‘actions this past weekend were shortsighted’ and that they have now affected his ‘long-term goals and [his] dreams.’
‘I respect the show’s decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy, and I take ownership for this. I’d like to apologize to SNL, to my fans, to my team for bringing me these opportunities, and I let them down… I think have growing up to do.’
Taking responsibility: Wallen confirmed the unfortunate news in a video published to his Instagram page on Wednesday afternoon
Violations: He explained that he ‘got a call’ from those in charge at Saturday Night Live informing him that he would not be able to perform on the show’s upcoming episode because he violated ‘COVID protocols’
Morgan stated that he feels as if he has ‘lost [himself] a little bit’ and the has be ‘trying to find joy in the wrong places,’ presumably referencing to his reckless partying amid a pandemic.
‘I don’t know, It’s left me with less joy, so I am gonna try and work on that. I’m gonna take a step back from the spotlight for a little while and go work on myself.
‘I wish I could have made country music and my fans proud this Saturday, but I respect [SNL’s] decision, once again.’
Morgan revealed that Saturday Night Live’s executive producer Lorne Michaels, 75, ‘gave [him] a lot of encouragement’ following his removal from the week’s episode.
He claimed that Lorne told him the show would ‘find another time’ for him to ‘make up’ is performance and that Lorne’s kindness ‘means a lot to [him].’
‘And lastly, I know that I am taking some heat, a lot of heat, but I just wanted to let you all know that your messages of encouragement haven’t gone unnoticed either.
‘It may be a second before you hear from me for a while, but I’m gonna go work on me and I appreciate y’all respecting that and I’ll talk to you soon. Love you!’ Morgan concluded.
As for who will be replacing Wallen as this week’s musical guest, NBC has yet to reveal any potential acts.
As well as appearing to go mask-free for much of the recorded night out on Saturday, Wallen was also filmed kissing what appeared to be multiple women.
He was in Alabama for the football game against Texas A&M over the weekend.
Uh-oh: Country star Morgan Wallen was caught partying maskless in social media videos that surfaced Wednesday
In the video, uploaded to a fan’s TikTok, Wallen could be seen kissing a brunette and a blonde woman.
The woman, who posed while close to the mask-free singer, captioned the videos ‘I met morgan wallen last night…’
Morgan, who flipped off the camera in one image, did have a bandanna around his neck, however it did not cover his nose and mouth per CDC recommendations.
Last Friday, the apparently excited musician tweeted of his forthcoming appearance, ‘Doesn’t get much bigger than this when it comes to television. Thank you @nbcsnl for having a good ole boy and his friends on to sing our stories.’
Making new friends: According to the social media post, the Whiskey Glasses hitmaker was at a bar in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday when the compromising footage was shot
Player: As well as appearing to go mask-free for much of the recorded night out, the Tennessee native was also filmed kissing what appeared to be multiple women. Seen here last month
Accompanying the caption was an image showing that he was supposed to star in the October 10 episode of SNL, alongside host Bill Burr.
However given the risk of spreading the potentially fatal COVID-19 amid a pandemic, that appearance might now be in jeopardy.
Last weekend marked the NBC hit’s first show back in the studio after the cast were forced to complete the previous season from home due to the pandemic.
DailyMail.com have reached out to both Wallen and Saturday Night Live for comment.
The big game: Wallen [L] seen here attending the football game against Texas A&M over the weekend
Good times: The country crooner gets up close and personal with another woman over the weekend
Big night: More images from the TikTok videos showed a lot of drinking and socializing in the largely mask-free bar
Wallen’s night out comes amid an ongoing political controversy at the White House, with many high profile figures being struck down by the coronavirus following a ‘superspreader’ event.
Numerous people, including US President Donald Trump himself are believed to have been infected at a Rose Garden event for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett less than two weeks ago.
Apart from Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, White House aide Hope Hicks, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and three Republican US Senators, seven others have so far tested positive for the virus following the event.
Tempting fate: Last Friday, the apparently excited musician tweeted of his forthcoming appearance, ‘Doesn’t get much bigger than this when it comes to television’
Superspreaders: Wallen’s night out comes amid an ongoing political controversy at the White House, with many high profile figures being struck down by the coronavirus following a ‘superspreader’ event in honor of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett