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Morgan Wallen dropped as 'SNL' guest after breaking COVID rules

Morgan Wallen appeared in a recent TikTok video

Morgan Wallen appeared in a recent TikTok video socializing maskless at a crowded bar and house party, a violation of "Saturday Night Live" coronavirus protocols. Credit: AP / Sanford Myers

Morgan Wallen has been dropped from performing on "Saturday Night Live" after breaking the show’s COVID-19 protocols.

The country singer posted a more than 2-minute video on social media Wednesday about the show’s decision. He apologized after he was shown on TikTok, another social media platform, socializing maskless at a crowded bar and house party last weekend in Alabama.

Wallen was listed as a musical guest for this Saturday’s show. The singer was emotional during his post, saying that he respects the show’s decision. On Friday it was announced that Jack White would replace Wallen. Stand-up comedian Bill Burr is set to host.

The 27-year-old Wallen said that his actions were "shortsighted" and have affected his long-term goals and dreams.

"I respect the show's decision because I know ​that 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 in the video.

Wallen also said he has not tested positive for the coronavirus. "I wish I could have made country music and my fans proud this Saturday, but I respect the decision once again," he said. "Lorne Michaels [the creator of 'SNL'] actually gave me a lot of encouragement by letting me know we'll find another time to make this up so that means a lot to me, thank you."

This isn't Wallen's first apology for his behavior. In May he was arrested outside Kid Rock's Honky Tonk bar in Nashville, Tennessee, on public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges. Wallen later apologized on social media, stating that he and his friends "didn't mean any harm."

A representative for Wallen did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "SNL" officials did not comment.

Wallen has had a successful country music career since he was signed to Big Loud Records in 2016. His breakout hit, "Whiskey Glasses," was nominated for breakthrough video of the year at the 2019 CMT Music Awards.

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