Mar 17, 2020 - Health

"Saturday Night Live" suspends production over the coronavirus

"Saturday Night Live" stars Beck Bennett as Vice President Mike Pence and Kate McKinnon as Sen. Elizabeth Warren during the Feb. 29 cold open. Photo: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

"Saturday Night Live" has halted production until further notice in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and the episode slated for March 28 will not air, an NBCUniversal spokesperson confirmed to Axios Monday.

The big picture: "We will monitor the situation closely and make decisions about future shows on an ongoing basis as further information develops," the spokesperson said. Sen. Elizabeth Warren made a surprise appearance in the last "SNL" cold open this month, which tackled issues including the coronavirus outbreak, a theme that was also addressed in the previous week's show.

Flashback: "SNL" cold open tackles coronavirus

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"SNL" cold open tackles coronavirus

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"Saturday Night Live" skewered the Trump administration and 2020 Democrats as the cold open focused on the novel coronavirus.

Details: Beck Bennett's Vice President Mike Pence, who's leading the Trump administration's COVID-19 task force, introduced "some of the best people left in government" — like Kenan Thompson's HUD Secretary Ben Carson. It wasn't long before Democratic candidates Elizabeth Warren (Kate McKinnon), Bernie Sanders (Larry David), Pete Buttigieg (Colin Jost) and Amy Klobuchar (Rachel Dratch) crashed the news conference — as this week's "SNL" host John Mulaney arrived as Joe Biden wearing a "South Carolina" sash, a nod to the former vice president's primary win in the state.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details and context.

Warren to "assess" path forward after disappointing Super Tuesday

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren is assessing her path forward in the 2020 race, a campaign aide tells Axios' Alexi McCammond.

Why it matters: Warren failed to win any states, including her home state of Massachusetts, and only amassed 12 delegates on Super Tuesday.

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AFL-CIO presidential forum canceled over coronavirus concerns

Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden during the Democratic presidential debate in Houston, Texas, last year. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

The AFL-CIO presidential forum that was to be held in Orlando, Florida, this week has been canceled because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, a spokesperson said in a statement Saturday.

Why it matters: Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders were due to appear at the forum on Thursday, ahead of the Florida primaries on March 17.

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