Country star Morgan Wallen was scheduled to be Saturday Night Live’s musical guest this weekend (October 10), but he says he’s been uninvited from the show due to COVID-19 protocols, Variety reports. The singer was widely criticized yesterday when video surfaced of him appearing to party with no mask and kiss people in a crowd.
“My actions from this past weekend were pretty short-sighted, and have obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams,” he said in the below Instagram video, which he filmed in a New York City hotel room. “I respect the show’s decision because I know I put them in jeopardy, and I take ownership for this. I’d like to apologize to SNL, to my fans, to my team for bringing me these opportunities, and I let them down. And on a more personal note, I think I have some growing up to do.”
Wallen added that Lorne Michaels assured him he’d be invited at a future date and noted that he was stepping away from the public eye for a while. It’s currently unknown who will perform as musical guest on this weekend’s episode, which will be hosted by Bill Burr.
Pitchfork has reached out to Saturday Night Live for more information.