'SNL' Producer Lorne Michaels Speaks Out About Replacing Musical Guest Morgan Wallen To 'Today'

Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels spoke about the replacement of country music star Morgan Wallen for the second episode of Season 46 after Morgan broke COVID-19 protocols that the show set in place for all those involved with the series. Lorne revealed singer and songwriter Jack White will take his place. In an interview with Today, Lorne shared that the former White Stripes member agreed to step in on a 48-hour notice.

"I know Jack White is coming in, and there could be some other stuff still in discussion," the producer told Today's Willie Geist.

"It depends on whether their band is together. Calling somebody on a Thursday to be here for Friday and say, you know, is complicated. It has to be people who are ready to go," Lorne explained.

"He's always good on the show, just always good," he remarked of the musician saving the day at Saturday Night Live.

Jack last performed on Saturday Night Live in 2018. He has appeared on the series a total of four times -- three as a solo artist, and once as a member of The White Stripes.

Jack White poses in the press room during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The Inquisitr reported that the reason Morgan was removed was he was seen partying in a TikTok video with a large group of people and not wearing a mask during the University of Alabama's victory over Texas A&M. His actions were considered irresponsible due to the severity of the virus in Alabama.

The singer shared in an Instagram video -- seen here -- that he was preparing to perform when he received a call that he was no longer able to play due to COVID-19 protocols. The 27-year-old singer, best known for the tunes "Whiskey Glasses" and "Cover Me Up," said his actions this past weekend were "short-sighted."

Lorne has not ruled out the possibility of Morgan returning to SNL to perform at a later date.

In an Instagram post, seen here, SNL released promotional clips for the upcoming episode. This featured host Bill Burr, SNL star Kenan Thompson, and Maya Rudolph, who has returned to portray vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris. This week, the show will likely spoof the recent vice presidential debate between the senator and Mike Pence, who has been portrayed by SNL cast member Beck Bennett in the past and who may reprise the role on Saturday.

Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris and Jim Carrey as Joe Biden during the
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Saturday Night Live's current cast also includes Ego Nwodim, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, and Bowen Yang. New repertory members include Punkie Johnson, Lauren Holt, and Andrew Dismukes.

This will be the second episode the cast and crew film in Studio 8H at New York's 30 Rockefeller Center since Saturday Night Live went on hiatus earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.