Amy Schumer reveals she was forced to skip 'SNL' rehearsals as her son Gene, 3, was hospitalized with RSV

'I got to be with him the whole day at the hospital and the beautiful humans at [’Saturday Night Live’] couldn’t have been more supportive,' Schumer wrote

Amy Schumer reveals she was forced to skip 'SNL' rehearsals as her son Gene, 3, was hospitalized with RSV
Amy Schumer revealed that her son Gene was hospitalized with RSV while she was preparing to host ‘SNL’ (David Livingston/Getty Images and @amyschumer/Instagram)
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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: Comedian Amy Schumer revealed on Sunday, November 6, 2022, that her 3-year-old was hospitalized due to respiratory syncytial virus a week ago when she was getting ready to host 'Saturday Night Live'. The comedian said she was forced to skip the NBC sketch comedy show's rehearsal on Thursday, November 3 as her son Gene was hospitalized due to an illness that primarily affects small children.

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“I got to be with him the whole day at the hospital and the beautiful humans at [’Saturday Night Live’] couldn’t have been more supportive,” Schumer, 41, wrote in an Instagram post. “My son is home and better. The reason this show is so fun to do isn’t actually the performance or the show itself. It’s getting to spend time with the people there. The cast and the writers of course but the people who are behind the scenes making it run smooth are my favorite.” Schumer expressed her gratitude to the "SNL" cast and "the physicians and nurses who supported us" and called last week "the hardest" of her life, as reported by the Daily News. She added, "The crew! Donna. Jerry. Jodi. Genna. Tom Wally and on and on. Lorne has assembled the most talented people with the kindest hearts. Thank you everyone there and to the doctors and nurses who helped us."

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The virus, also known as RSV, often makes adults feel like they have a cold, but can be fatal for young children. According to the CDC, the US sees roughly 2.1 million outpatient RSV cases every year, however, infections are up significantly more in 2022 than usual. Schumer and her husband, chef Chris Fischer, who she married in 2018, have only one child.

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Later, the 'Life & Beth' star shared a picture of her son Gene and herself lying next to one another in a hospital bed with the caption, "This was our Thursday. RSV is not f**king around.”

Schumer, who is the second cousin of Senator Chuck Schumer, hosted 'SNL' for the third time on Saturday, November 5. Her first two times were in 2015 and 2018. She made fun of rapper Kanye West in her speech since he was dropped by Adidas and other companies after making a number of antisemitic remarks. She made a joke about West while discussing her husband's autistic spectrum disease diagnosis. “It used to be called Asperger’s but then they found out, this is true, that Dr Asperger had, like, Nazi ties, Kanye,” Schumer quipped.

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