Tina Fey returns to SNL’s weekend update with Michael Che E! News UK

The “SNL” episode of December 18 was a reshuffle due to COVID! In a last minute change, Tina Fey replaced Colin Jost in “Weekend Update”.

Cute time machine: Tina Fey is back Saturday Night Live! The 51-year-old unexpectedly stepped in to host the weekend update instead of the usual host Colin Jost, 38. “It’s not what you think – he’s got a job,” she joked alongside Michel Che. The duo were on the main stage of Studio 8H relative to the news desk, performing in front of an audience of just three: Tom Hanks, Kenan Thompson and of course, the host Paul Rudd.

“We thought we’d read those silly jokes and see if we could make those three laugh,” Che added as Tina asked the trio to confirm that they had. not heard the jokes before. “Except the two you blew up during rehearsal,” Tom yelled, before Michael got into the first stories of the night: JO Simpsonparole being terminated early and Elon Musk get major coverage of Time. “Elon Musk has been appointed Time‘s Person of the Year, which you can read on your phone as your Tesla flows into a lake, ”Tina hilariously announced.

Tina Fey and Kenan Thompson on ‘Weekend Update’ from ‘SNL’ main stage. (NBC)

Of course, Tina is no stranger to Weekend Update: the Bad girls star hosted segment with co-star Jimmy Fallon from 2000 to 2004, then with real BFFs Amy Poehler from 2004 to 2006. Tina and Amy were the show’s very first and only all-female team of presenters. Tina originally joined the series in 1997 as a writer, was one of the SNL‘s main when she left in 2006 to pursue other projects in film and television.

The December 18 episode of SNL went to look very different than expected due to COVID-19. In the midst of the Omicron variant spreading, the network canceled tickets for the in-person audience who had to attend a few hours before check-in. “Due to the recent peak of the Omicron variant and out of caution, there will be no live audiences for the recording of ‘Saturday Night Live’ tonight and the show will have a limited cast and crew. SNL tweeted earlier this afternoon.

The official statement was released shortly after reports surfaced that several of the actors had tested positive for COVID-19 – including Colin, per Le New York Post. In the middle of the shuffle, musical guest Charlie XCX also retired from performance due to limited production staff. “My performance will not be able to go forward. I am devastated and heartbroken, ”the British singer wrote via social media.

“Our teams and teams worked so hard to bring this musical performance to life. It can’t happen this time, but I will be back, ”she added, confirming that she is currently“ safe ”and“ healthy ”. Charli urged fans to “take care of themselves” and “get vaccinated” as she signed her statement.

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Tina Fey returns to SNL’s weekend update with Michael Che E! News UK