Tina Fey Returns To ‘SNL’s Weekend Update With Michael Che — Watch

Dec. 18’s ‘SNL’ episode was a shuffle due to COVID! In a last minute switch, Tina Fey replaced Colin Jost on ‘Weekend Update.’

Cute the time machine Tina FeyIt is back Saturday Night Live! Unexpectedly, the 51 year-old stepped in as Weekend Update host instead of usual host Colin Jost, 38. “It’s not what you think — he’s having work done,” she joked alongside Michael Che. The duo performed on Studio 8H’s mainstage, whereas the news desk was set up. They were performing to a crowd of only three. Tom Hanks, Kenan ThompsonThe host, and of course, Paul Rudd.

“We thought we’d read these dumb jokes and see if we could make these three laugh,” Che added as Tina asked the trio to confirm they have Not You’ve heard them before. “Except the two you blew in the rehearsal,” Tom called out, before Michael went into the first stories of the night: OJ Simpson‘s parole being over early and Elon MuskMajor coverage from Time. “Elon Musk is was named Time‘s Person of the Year, which you can read on your phone as your Tesla drives itself into a lake,” Tina hilariously announced.

Tina Fey and Kenan Thompson on ‘Weekend Update’ from the main stage at ‘SNL’. (NBC)

Weekend Update is not something Tina is unfamiliar with. Mean Girls Star and co-star hosted the segment Jimmy Fallon from 2000 – 2004, and then with real-life BFF Amy Poehler from 2004 – 2006. Tina and Amy were the show’s first-ever and only all-female anchor team. Tina was originally a writer and joined the show in 1997. SNL‘s main stars when she departed in 2006 to pursue other projects in film and television.

The Dec. 18 episode SNL COVID-19 caused the tape to go on air to look different than it was. Due to the Omicron variant spreading, the network cancelled tickets that were meant for the in-person audience. This was just hours before the taping. “Due to the recent spike in the Omicron variant and out of an abundance of caution, there will be no live audience for tonight’s taping of “Saturday Night Live” and the show will have limited cast and crew,” SNL Tweeted earlier, this afternoon after noon

The formal statement was issued shortly after reports surfaced that several of the actors had allegedly tested positive for COVID-19 — including Colin, per The New York Post. The shuffle is interrupted by a musical guest Charli XCXShe also pulled out due to the lack of production staff. “My performance will not be able to go ahead. I am devastated and heartbroken,” the British singer wrote via social media.

“Our crews and teams worked so hard to bring this musical performance to life. It can’t happen this time, but I’ll be back,” she added, confirming she is currently “safe” and “healthy.” Charli urged fans to “take care of themselves” and “get vaccinated” as she signed off her statement.

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