Country singer Morgan Wallen has officially been disinvited from Saturday Night Live, where he was scheduled to perform for this week’s episode. Videos of the 27-year old “Whiskey Glasses” singer went viral earlier this week as he appeared at crowded bars and house parties without a mask and making out with strangers.
Wallen was due to appear on the October 10th episode alongside first-time host comedian Bill Burr. Saturday Night Live closed out its 45th season with a run of quarantine episodes, filmed by cast members and hosts from their own homes. The season 46 premiere last week, featuring host Chris Rock and musical guest Megan Thee Stallion, saw the iconic sketch-comedy show return to Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Center with an abundance of precautions such as masks, COVID-19 testing, and social distancing were strictly enforced.
Earlier this week, videos on TikTok and Twitter flooded the internet with footage of Wallen. From house parties, to crowded bars, to making out with multiple young women, Wallen appears to have painted the town red in Alabama while under strict quarantine orders from Saturday Night Live. Wallen was reportedly in town for a University of Alabama football game on October 3rd, and engaged in the behavior in question thereafter.
In a video posted to his Instagram on Wednesday, Wallen apologized for his actions which would have put others at risk, as well as to his fans who looked forward to seeing his debut performance on the show.
“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,” he said.
Wallen also stated in his video that SNL executive producer and creator Lorne Michaels personally told him that they would find another time for him to perform. Despite that reassuring news, Wallen also stated that he was going to take some time to focus on self improvement, warning fans that “it may be a second before you hear from me for a while, but I’m gonna go work on me.”
“And on a more personal note, I think I have some growing up to do,” he added. “I think I lost myself a little bit. I tried to find joy in the wrong places and, I don’t know, it’s 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 have made country music and my fans proud this Saturday, but I respect the decision once again.”
Scroll down to see Morgan Wallen’s Instagram video addressing Saturday Night Live rescinding its invitation, as well as videos of Wallen partying without a mask in Alabama. As of Thursday afternoon, Saturday Night Live has not announced another musical guest to replace Morgan Wallen.
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I’ve seen like 87 tiktoks similar to this one. Morgan Wallen belongs to the streets. pic.twitter.com/LNeZVc3v6v
— 🍂Tyne🍂 (@RyleeTWing) October 5, 2020
Let us take a moment to recognize that Morgan Wallen is a total dirt bag. Most of the girls in this video are 19 years old. As a reminder, he is 27 with a baby.
— Heather Kirk (@heatherkirkk) October 4, 2020