He said he had not tested positive for COVID-19, but “my actions last weekend were quite myopic and obviously affected my long term goals and dreams,” he said. , referring to TikToks in recent days. showed Wallen socializing in Alabama without a mask at a crowded bar and house party.
“I respect the show’s decision because I know I’m putting them at risk, and I take responsibility for it. I want to apologize to SNL, to my fans, to my team for giving me these opportunities, and I let them down, ”he said.
“And on a more personal note, I think I have my work cut out for me,” he added. “I think I got a bit lost. I’ve tried to find joy in the wrong places and, I don’t know, that left me with less joy, so I’m going to try to work on that. I’m going to take a step back from the spotlight for a little while and go work on myself. I wish I could make country music and my fans proud this Saturday, but I respect the decision once again.
Wallen said “SNL” chief Lorne Michaels gave him “a lot of encouragement” and told Wallen the show “would find another time to make it up.”
Wallen acknowledged the scrutiny he faced in the wake of the TikToks, but said the notes of encouragement he received “also did not go unnoticed.”
No new musical guests have been announced to play in Wallen’s place.
The musician’s full Instagram post can be viewed below.