Sunday, April 14, 2024

Pop Star Ed Sheeran Tests Positive for COVID on Eve of Album Release, “SNL” Gig Likely Canceled


Talk about bad timing: pop star Ed Sheeran has tested positive for COVID in the UK.

Sheeran won’t be able to travel to the US for his November 5th gig on “Saturday Night Live.” The appearance was to promote his new “Equal” album coming next Friday, October 29th.

“SNL” could have him on live via Zoom or video link, but after the remote pandemic shows they were forced to do last year, it’s unlikely. Sheeran will have to reschedule.

So “SNL” needs a musical act to pair with host Kieran Culkin on November 5th. Adele is busy with CBS but there are plenty of people who need exposure, like Taylor Swift. We never see enough of her!

Sheeran wrote on Instagram:

“Hey guys. Quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for Covid, so I’m now self-isolating and following government guidelines. It means that I’m now unable to plough ahead with any in person commitments for now, so I’ll be doing as many of my planned interviews/performances I can from my house. Apologies to anyone I’ve let down. Be safe everyone x”

The “Equal” album comes equipped with two big singles that have been filling the airwaves all summer: “Bad Habits” and “Shivers,” the latter he may have gotten from the COVID. Or from bad habits. Get well soon, Ed!



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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