A representative for the show confirmed to The Post that Kennedy will no longer be competing.
The singer, 16, released a statement about his departure on Instagram on Wednesday.
“Hey all of you, it’s gonna be a bit of a surprise but I won’t be on ‘American Idol’ anymore,” he wrote. “There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it showed actions that weren’t meant to be taken in this way. I was younger and didn’t think about stocks, but that’s no excuse. I want to say sorry to all my fans and everyone I have let down. I’m going to take some time outside of social media to improve myself, but in saying this I know it has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me. I am really sorry! I pray that one day I will be able to regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thanks for putting up with me. “The remaining finalists are Willie Spence, Grace Kinstler, Chayce Beckham and Casey Bishop.
Kennedy’s mother Anita Guy has made a statement to MSN claiming that the video was taken at age 12 and was based on a movie he had seen.
“I hate that this happened and how Caleb is portrayed by people online,” Guy said. “This video was taken after Caleb watched the movie ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ and they emulated these characters. It had nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan, but I know that’s what it looks like. Caleb doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. He loves everyone and has friends of all races.
Kennedy posted an upbeat Instagram post on Tuesday thanking his followers for their support. ” Hi guys! I’m so glad to have you all on my way with me through #Americanidol, ”he wrote. “Also very happy to be in the studio working on songs !! I love you guys so much !! “
On the most recent episode of Sunday, May 9, Kennedy performed a throaty version of the Coldplay song “Violet Hill,” plus an original song, “Mama Said,” according to Heavy.com.
Wednesday in the middle of the afternoon, the show posted a teaser on Twitter that Billie Eilish’s brother Finneas would mentor the finalists in the next episode on Sunday, but that didn’t mention Kennedy’s move.
It’s not the only shocking release this season on “American Idol”. Wyatt Pike, 20, left the competitive series after making the top 12, citing “personal reasons.”