Saturday Night Live producers are scrambling to replace Ed Sheeran for the show’s November 6 broadcast after the singer revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.
According to Page Six, a source told that producers on the NBC comedy staple are seeking ‘another singer who appeals to the same demo’ to replace Sheeran, 30, on the show, with Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes cited as potential stand-ins. The source said that the show could permit Sheeran to stage a remote performance, but typically, ‘the show likes to have the performer in the studio.’ However, the source added, “Ed is offering to perform live via video link, but this isn’t something SNL does.”
The Shape of You singer (ed sheeran) took to social media on Sunday to update fans on his health. He wrote, “Hey guys. Quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for Covid, so I’m now self-isolating and following government guidelines,’ he said. ‘I’m now unable to plough ahead with any in person commitments for now, so I’ll be doing as many of my planned interviews/performances I can from my house. Apologies to anyone I’ve let down. Be safe everyone x.”
The English singer-songwriter had been scheduled to be a musical guest on the show with Succession actor Kieran Culkin hosting. Sheeran has appeared on Saturday Night Live as a musical guest on two previous occasions. In 2014, he performed his tracks Sing and Don’t on the show. Meanwhile, in a 2017 appearance, he sang Shape of You and Castle on the Hill on the NBC weekend staple.
Sheeran is also slated to appear on The Voice as a mentor. According to a report by TMZ Sheeran filmed his segment prior to testing positive. The musical artist’s fourth studio album, which is titled ‘=’ (or equals), is slated for release on October 29.