Ed Sheeran released from COVID-19 isolation, cleared for “SNL”


Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has been released from COVID-19 isolation and allowed to perform on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend as scheduled.

The hit-maker “Bad Habits” announced on Instagram on Tuesday that he had completed his quarantine period after testing positive for the novel coronavirus last month. The next episode of “SNL” will feature Sheeran as a musical guest opposite “Succession” host and star Kieran Culkin.

“Posting this photo to say I’m released from covid isolation today, so if you see me outside I’ve been given the green light and done my quarantine,” Sheeran captioned a photo of him singing on stage.

“Happy to start working again, and SNL is still on, so log on Saturday, see you x,” he concluded.

The pop musician went public with his COVID-19 diagnosis on October 24, pledging to give interviews and performances from his home while in self-isolation. His announcement did not reveal his vaccine status, although he had previously teamed up with “Late Late Show” host James Corden for a pro-vaccine parody of his single “Shape of You.”

Shortly before Sheeran’s coronavirus revelation, NBC asked the Grammy winner to appear on “Saturday Night Live” as a musical guest for the third time. Shortly after his COVID-19 diagnosis, however, Page Six reported that the producers of the longtime sketch comedy program were “scrambling” to find a last-minute replacement for Sheeran.

There was no need, it seems, according to a Tuesday cast update from “SNL” which lists Culkin and Sheeran as celebrity hosts and musical guests for November. Sheeran’s last appearance on “SNL” comes about a week after the release of her fifth studio album, “=.”

“Lovecraft Country” actor Jonathan Majors with musical guest Taylor Swift (November 13) and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu with musical guest Saweetie (November 20) are expected to also host the show this month. ).

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