After Ed Sheeran's COVID-19 diagnosis, 'SNL' producers are'scrambling' to find a replacement.
"Saturday Night Live" has been dampened by Ed Sheeran's COVID-19 diagnosis.
In an Instagram post, the musician revealed that he had tested positive for the coronavirus only days before he was due to appear on the show on Nov. 6. "SNL" producers are now "scrambling" to find a replacement.
According to our source, Sheeran, 30, will be denied entry into the United States if he tests positive for the Covid virus in his saliva. He will be replaced by "another performer that appeals to the similar demo," a Shawn Mendes or Justin Bieber, according to the insider.
Also, a "SNL" insider said, Sheeran might perform remotely if the show decides to let him.
We were told by a source that Ed was willing to perform via video link, but that's not something 'SNL' does. There's a reason why a show would want a performer in studio:
A representative for Sheeran did not immediately return a call seeking comment from Page Six.
Sheeran had informed his Instagram followers earlier in the day that he had been diagnosed with cancer, saying, "Hey guys. To let you know that I'm now self-isolating and adhering to official requirements after testing positive with the virus Covid," I sent you a quick note.
I'm not going to be performing any in-person obligations for the time being, so I'll be doing as many of my planned interviews/performances from home as I can," he added. "I sincerely apologize to anyone I may have disappointed. "Everyone x, please be careful."
We may still expect Sheeran's fourth studio album to be released on October 29th with the working title of "=" (pronounced "Equals").