‘SNL’ cancels Morgan Wallen’s performance over COVID-19 protocol violation

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Morgan Wallen is no longer the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” this week.The rising country star posted a moving Instagram video from a New York City hotel room – where he was preparing to appear on the weekly show – that he had received a call from the show informing him that he wouldn’t be able to play on Oct. 10 show because of COVID-19 protocols at “SNL”.

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.



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