Jack White is ready to take the Saturday Night Live stage.
The White Stripes star will be replacing Morgan Wallen as the musical guest on the Oct. 10 episode of Saturday Night Live. Creator Lorne Michaels confirmed the news during an interview with Willie Geist that aired on the Oct. 9 episode of Today.
“We’re still in the middle of it,” the executive producer said. “I know Jack White is coming in and there could be some other stuff.”
Although, he acknowledged the change was a bit short notice. “Calling somebody on a Thursday to be here for Friday is complicated,” he said. “It has to be people who are ready to go.”
However, Michaels said the artist, who has made several SNL appearances over the years, is “always good on the show.”
Fans first learned Wallen would not be taking the Studio 8H stage earlier this week after it was revealed the 27-year-old country music singer had broken SNL‘s COVID-19 protocols. In videos that spread online, Wallen was seen partying maskless and not social distancing after an Alabama football game. Geist said Michaels was the one to call the artist and tell him his SNL performance had been canceled.
“Yeah, and it probably isn’t the first country singer, the first person from rock and roll who partied after a big, in that case, a football game or a concert,” Michaels said. “But, we’re just living in a different time and everything is scrutinized.”