Roddy Ricch Replaced on ‘SNL’ Over COVID-19 Exposure, Says He's Working to ‘Lock in a New Date’

In a statement shared with fans, the 'Live Life Fast' artist confirmed that talks were underway about making up the performance in the future.

Roddy Ricch walks the red carpet

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Roddy Ricch walks the red carpet

Roddy Ricch says he’s working to “lock in a new date” after being replaced as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live due to COVID-19 exposure.

In a recent press release, NBCUniversal announced that SNL would be making its return on Jan. 15 with host Ariana DeBose (West Side Story) and musical guest Bleachers, with the latter serving as Roddy’s replacement. While the initial press release didn’t provide a reason for Roddy dropping out of his previously scheduled performance, the Live Life Fast artist has since explained the decision in an Instagram Story update. He also confirmed that he is indeed still aiming to perform on the show in the future.

“Due to recent COVID exposure on my team and to keep everyone safe I won’t be able to perform on SNL this weekend,” Roddy, who also advised fans to “stay safe,” said Wednesday. “I’m working with the SNL team to lock in a new date though!”


Announcing the Bleachers swap-in, songwriter/producer Jack Antonoff called it “the hardest attempt to date of taking the sadness out of saturday night,” marking a reference to his own 2021 album Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night.

Earlier this week, Roddy was among the artists announced for the 2022 edition of the Manchester, Tennessee-set music festival Bonnaroo. Others confirmed for the lineup include J. Cole, 21 Savage, Machine Gun Kelly, The Chicks, Tinashe, and more.

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