‘SNL': NBC Skips Live West Coast Airing Without Warning and Fans Are Pissed

California viewers are furious when the live SNL broadcast was replaced with the NFL Honors

Last Updated: February 4, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

West Coast viewers expecting to watch tonight’s Natalie Portman-hosted episode of “Saturday Night Live” at 8:30 p.m. local time were treated instead to a rerun of a 2005 episode hosted by Peyton Manning, followed by the NFL Honors hosted by Rob Riggle.

NBC didn’t announce prior to airtime that the live coast-to-coast broadcast of “SNL” would be canceled, or that the “NFL Honors” would air in its place, leaving myriad confused viewers fuming on social media about missing out on… well, whatever aired (TheWrap is a Los Angeles-based publication).

An individual with knowledge tells TheWrap the schedule change was planned to make room for the NFL Honors.

“SNL” started airing episodes live coast-to-coast in April 2017 to capitalize on the political and cultural relevance boosted by its aggressive anti-Trump stance. Initially planned for the final episodes of the 2016-2017 season, “SNL” later announced live coast-to-coast airings would continue into the 2017-2018 season.

But if NBC and “SNL” were unaware of the reaction to the change, West Coast viewers let them know. Angrily.