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Country music star Morgan Wallen announced on Instagram that he was dropped as the musical performer at Saturday Night Live this week for violating Covid protocol by partying maskless in Tuscaloosa last weekend after the Alabama – Texas A&M game:
“I got a call from the show letting me know that I will no longer be able to play,” Wallen said. “That’s because of Covid protocols, which I understand. I’m not positive for Covid but my actions this past weekend were pretty shortsighted and they have obviously affected my long-term 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.”
Wallen said that Lorne Michaels gave him encouragement that they’ll find a time to reschedule his performance, and that means a lot to him.
“Videos on TikTok show Wallen posing with fans in T-Town, downing shots, kissing girls, playing the guitar and generally making merry,” AL.com wrote of Wallen’s revelry in Tuscaloosa this past weekend. “The clips show him in a bar, at a house party, in the backseat of a fan’s car and more.”
Wallen, 27, had an album that reached the top of the country music charts in August. That same month, his single “7 Summers” set an Apple record with 4.6 million streams on the first day and reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.