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Morgan Wallen’s Saturday Night Live debut on October 10, 2020, has been postponed. The country star has been removed as Saturday’s musical guest on the late-night sketch comedy show after making headlines for partying. maskless and in multiple different locations. Prior to that, he attended the University of Alabama football game on October 3, 2020.
Wallen shared the news of his removal as SNL musical guest via an Instagram video posted on Wednesday night October 7, 2020, from his New York City hotel room. In the message, Wallen explains that although he has not tested positive for COVID-19, he was asked not to come to set “because of COVID protocols, which I understand.”
“My actions from this past weekend were pretty short-sighted, and have obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams,” he said, referring to TikTok videos that surfaced showing Wallen socializing in Alabama without a mask at a crowded bar and a house party.
Wallen acknowledged the scrutiny he has faced in the wake of the surfaced TikToks, but said that the notes of encouragement he has received “haven’t gone unnoticed either.”
After apologizing to SNL, his team, and his fans, Wallen reflects, “And, on a more personal note, I think I have some growing up to do. You know, I think I’ve lost myself a little bit. I’ve tried to find joy in the wrong places, and, I don’t know, it’s left me with less joy.”
Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels told him they would find a time to reschedule Wallen’s appearance on the show, though there is no set timeline.
Taking this incident seriously, Wallen finishes his video by saying that he is “gonna take a step back from the spotlight for a little while and go work on myself.”
Watch Wallen’s Instagram statement below.