Jack White is last-minute 'SNL' musical guest after Morgan Wallen booted for partying without a mask

click to enlarge MPH Photos/Shutterstockfound itself in a last-minute scramble to replace this week's musical guest after its originally booked act, country singer Morgan Wallen, was spotted partying in a bar without a mask earlier this week — a violation of's strict COVID-19 safety measures implemented when it reopened Studio 8H for live recordings last month.creator Lorne Michaels said Friday morning on NBC's Today that a replacement "[has] to be people who are ready to go," and none other than Detroit son Jack White answered the call. "And he's always good on the show," he added.It'll be White's fourthappearance and third as a solo artist — although with the recent announcement of the first-ever The White Stripes Greatest Hits comp due in December, maybe Jack can convince his former bandmate Meg White to dust off her peppermint-striped drum set for a reunion?The White Stripes first performed onin 2002. They last performed together on the final episode ofin 2009.For his part, Wallen acknowledges that he messed up, and saidwill re-book him at a later date. "I got a call from the show letting me know that I will no longer be able to play and that’s because of COVID protocols, which I understand," he said in a video posted to Instagram , adding, "My actions from this past weekend were pretty short-sighted, and have obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams."

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