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Morgan Wallen will no longer serve as musical guest for this week’s Saturday Night Live.
The country singer took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce that he was called by the NBC variety sketch series to inform him that he was not allowed to play anymore due to breaking COVID-19 safety protocols. Though he has not tested positive for the coronavirus, Wallen said “my actions this past weekend were pretty short-sighted and they have obviously affected my longterm goals and my dreams.”
“I respect the show’s decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy and I take ownership for this,” he said.
In recent TikTok videos, Wallen was shown partying with a large group of people without a mask, which resulted in the singer getting criticized for his actions.
After apologizing to his team, the show and his fans for letting them down, Wallen explained that he intends on taking time away to reflect.
“On a more personal note, I think I have some growing up to do. I think I’ve lost myself a little bit. I’ve tried to find joy in the wrong places….It’s left me with less joy,” he said.
“I’m going to take a step back from the spotlight for a little while and go work on myself.”
He also shared that though he’s unable to perform, SNL boss Lorne Michaels offered encouragement and informed him that they could “find another time to make this up.”
“I know that I’m taking a lot of heat but I just wanted to let you know that your messages of encouragement haven’t gone unnoticed either. It maybe be a second before you hear from me for awhile but I’m going to go work on me and I appreciate ya’ll respecting that.”
The 46th season of SNL premiered last weekend with a live audience and strict safety protocols amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. All ticketed guests were required to take a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival. Temperature checks were also required at check-in and approved masks required at all times while inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza. It was reported that audience members were paid to attend the show.
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