Not only did Saturday Night Live book country singer and The Voice alum Morgan Wallen to guest on the show this week (Dec 5), only two months after he broke COVID-19 protocols, resulting in the cancellation of his original invite, but SNL built an entire skit making light of the situation.
After photos and videos of Morgan hanging out in crowded bars, kissing and hugging women during what appeared to be an Alabama football weekend full of partying, SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels called the singer personally to uninvite from his upcoming appearance. The football weekend happened only a few days before Morgan was scheduled to head to New York City for his appearance. If he caught the virus in Alabama, a test may not have detected it that quickly.
In the skit, future versions of Morgan (Jason Bateman and Bowen Yang) interrupt his Alabama party time, to try and convince him to leave the bar. The three decide to stay and party it up anyway. The skit ends with Morgan acknowledging that he screwed up.
A couple of telling jokes: Morgan insists to his future self that Loren wouldn’t kick him off the show. “Of course Loren wouldn’t,” said Jason Bateman as future self, “but the execs at NBC, they’re going to force his hand, bro.”
If the joke is actually revealing the truth, I’m a little surprised that Loren didn’t take the breach more seriously. Covid-19 hit the SNL family personally when Hal Wilmer, longtime music producer, died from Covid-19 last spring.
Additionally, Pete Davidson playing “random weed dude” jokes, “They’re going to have you on two months later, I promise. Not many people willing to fly to New York right now.” That is probably true.
Watch the skit below
Morgan also performed two songs, as musical guests always do.
Morgan Wallen performs 7 Summers
Morgan Wallen performs Still Going Down