Rolling Stones guitarist and resident Keith Richards reportedly says he will not be joining Mick Jagger in hosting Saturday Night Live's season finale this weekend.
According to a report in Rolling Stone, Jagger told Richards that he wants to host the show "on his own."
“I spoke to Mick and he said it’s something that he said yes to many months ago, so he’s just doing it [alone],” Richards told the magazine. He added that he will be watching the show.
Rumors have been swirling for months that Richards might join Jagger on the show and perform live to kick off the band's 50th Reunion tour — even though Richards told Rolling Stone in March that the tour probably wouldn't happen until 2013 (which he considers the band's true 50th anniversary, since Charlie Watts didn't join the band until 1963).
To churn the rumor mill faster, earlier this week Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood reportedly "let it slip" during an event where he presented an award that the Stones might launch a tour as early as September, according to a report in the British tabloid, The Sun.
As fans know, there's still a chance Richards could show up on the SNL set: As Rolling Stone magazine's Patrick Doyle points out, "Stones plans often change at the last minute; Richards never announced that he was joining Jagger at 2001's Concert for New York, but he showed up, joining the frontman on 'Miss You' and 'Salt of the Earth.'"
On the other hand it's not like Jagger and Richards have been the best of chaps as of late, with Richards recently having to he made about his bandmate in his recent best-seller autobiography, "Life."