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  /  01.13.2022

Roddy Ricch’s performance on “SNL” has been canceled after the Live Life Fast MC was exposed to COVID-19. According to a press release from NBC Universal, the pop band Bleachers will replace Roddy as the show’s musical guest on Jan. 15.

‘Saturday Night Live’ returns Jan. 15 with host Ariana DeBose and musical guest Bleachers (replacing Roddy Ricch),” the release stated. “Bleachers will make their ‘SNL’ musical guest debut. Their third studio album, Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, was released last year to critical acclaim.”

The release didn’t specify why Roddy had been replaced, but the 23-year-old explained the pivot on his Instagram Story.

“Due to recent COVID exposure on my team and to keep everyone safe I won’t be able to perform on ‘SNL‘ this weekend,” he wrote in a post on Wednesday (Jan. 12).

However, the rap star assured fans that he’s “working with the ‘SNL‘ team” to lock in a new date to perform on the show.

“Stay safe,” he added.

Live Life Fast, Roddy’s sophomore album, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart last month, becoming his second album to debut within the Top 10. His 2019 album, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, debuted at No. 1 on the chart and its smash hit, “The Box,” earned Roddy three Grammy nominations. However, the Compton native ultimately left the 2021 awards ceremony with zero wins.

“I look at it like art class,” he said of the experience on Kevin Durant’s “ETC” podcast. “Like if you tell someone to draw this or they draw something and the teacher look at it and say, ‘Man that’s an F.’ I never got an F in art. You can scribble some shit on a paper and get an A because it’s art.”

“It’s whatever you interpret it as,” he continued. “I ain’t never going to let nobody grade me.”

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