This Is How SNL Got Away With Having An Audience Even Though COVID Guidelines Prohibit Them In NYC

The way SNL handled COVID restrictions in New York City is now coming to light. As you may have seen Saturday, there was an audience, and Chris Rock told everyone they were tested and that was that. Now we are learning that all those people walked out with money! New York’s COVID-19 guidelines prohibit live audiences at “media production activities,” including shows like SNL unless the audience is made up of paid cast, crew or employees.  Audience members requested free tickets but had no idea that to try to cover their butts, they were all given checks for $150 bucks. NBC was then able to count the audience members as employees. The live audience consisted of about 100 people.

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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan