'Saturday Night Live' to take three weeks off amid coronavirus
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"Saturday Night Live" will go dark for its next three shows due to the coronavirus.

The March 28 episode was set to be hosted by "A Quiet Place" star John Krasinski, with Dua Lipa as the musical performer.

But Variety, citing a source close to the long-running, often politically charged NBC sketch comedy series, reported Monday that the show will not go on as planned. 


An NBC source confirmed to ITK that production on "SNL" won't resume until further notice. Stressing that safety of employees was the top priority, the source said that the network will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions on future shows as further information develops.

The governors of New York — where "SNL" is filmed in front of a live audience — New Jersey and Connecticut all announced Monday that gatherings of more than 50 people would be banned in their states in an effort to curb the spread of the pandemic. 

COVID-19 has infected more than 4,100 people in the United States, resulting in 71 deaths and 17 confirmed recoveries, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. New York state has confirmed 729 cases and six deaths.