‘SNL’ drops Morgan Wallen from show for partying without mask

Country singer apologizes for not following COVID-19 protocols

Popular country artist Morgan Wallen has apologized after being dropped from a “Saturday Night Live” performance due to the singer not following coronavirus protocols.

The East Tennessee native was recently seen in TikTok videos in Alabama partying in crowds, taking shots and kissing women without masks. The producers at “Saturday Night Live” contacted Wallen this week to let him know that he could not perform during this weekend’s show because he had broken several of the show’s COVID-19 protocols.

He confirmed the development Wednesday on his Instagram.

“I got a call from (SNL) letting me know I will no longer be able to play.”

In the video, the 27-year-old expressed regret, admitting that he made some mistakes and understood why the show’s producers removed him from the lineup.

“I’m not positive for COVID, but my actions this past weekend were pretty short-sighted and they have obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams,” he said.

“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 later said.

“I think I have some growing up to do. I think I’ve lost myself a little bit. I’ve tried to find joy in the wrong places, and it’s left me with less joy…I’m going to take a step back from the spotlight for a little while, and go work on myself.”

Many fans showed support for Wallen on social media.

Others expressed frustration with the show’s decision.

The episode Wallen was set to play airs this weekend, with a replacement act yet to be announced.