Saturday Night Live production was discontinued because of a strike by the Writers Guild of America (WGA).
Hollywood TV and film writers went on strike for the first time in 15 years on Tuesday (May 2) after labor talks with Hollywood studios ended without a deal on Monday. (1/5).
The action was taken after months of salary negotiations.
Saturday SNL the show was set to be the host premiere for former actor Pete Davidson, with Lil Uzi Vert as the musical guest.
“SNL will be broadcast on repeat until further notice beginning Saturday, May 6,” NBC said in a statement.
Many other late-night shows in the US were also canceled due to the strike.
From Tuesday onwards, talk show hosts, including Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert, will not be taping episodes of their show, which will remain in the dark until when agreement is reached.
Meyers supported the writers’ decision to strike on Monday (May 1), stating, “I love writing. I love writing for TV. I love writing this program. I love that we come up with an idea of what we want to do every day and we work on it all afternoon, and then I’m happy to be out here.
“No one has the right to work in the show business. But for those who have jobs, they are entitled to a fair treatment. They have the right to earn a living. I think it’s a very reasonable request made by the guild. And I support those demands.”
Fallon also supported the strike at the Met Gala rep carpet, saying Diversity: “I wouldn’t have the show without my writers, I support them wholeheartedly.
“I couldn’t do the show without them.”
In the past, writers have gone on strike a total of six times. The most recent strike, in 2007-08, was resolved after three months.