Jack White replacing 'SNL' musical guest who failed to follow coronavirus protocols
© Musician Jack White from the film 'White Stripes Under the Great White Northern Lights' poses for a portrait during the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival at The Sutton Place Hotel on September 18, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty

Following country singer Morgan Wallen’s axing from his scheduled “Saturday Night Live” appearance, NBC has tapped Jack White to perform this weekend, producer Lorne Michaels announced Friday.

Wallen, previously slated to be the hit variety sketch show’s musical guest Saturday, got the boot from Michaels after violating the show’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Videos surfaced of Wallen partying maskless in Alabama last weekend, nixing what would have been the young singer’s "SNL" debut. Wallen has since issued a public apology.


"He probably isn't the first country singer ever, the first person from rock 'n' roll who partied after a big game, in that case, a football game, or a concert. But we're just living in a different time, and everything is scrutinized," Michaels said on the "Today" show Friday.

White, the lead singer and guitarist of the popular rock band the White Stripes, will perform solo — his third such appearance on "SNL" and his fourth overall, according to Rolling Stone.

"He's always good on the show," Michaels said.

"The White Stripes Greatest Hits" compilation album is set to drop on Dec. 4.

Comedian Bill Burr will host the episode, which airs at 11:30 p.m. Eastern.

—Updated at 12:16 p.m.