Morgan Wallen says he’s been pulled from ‘SNL’ due to COVID-19 protocols

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN/AP) — Country music star Morgan Wallen has been dropped from performing on “Saturday Night Live” after breaking the show’s COVID-19 protocols.

The country singer posted a two-plus minute video on social media Wednesday about the show’s decision. He apologized after he was shown on TikTok socializing maskless at a crowded bar and house party this past weekend in Alabama.

Wallen was listed as a musical guest for this Saturday’s show. The singer was emotional during his post, saying he respects the show’s decision.

In the video, the 27-year-old Wallen said he is not positive for COVID-19. He adds that his actions over the past weekend were “short-sighted” and got in the way of his long-term goals and dreams and he respected the show’s decision. He also apologized to SNL and his fans.

Toward the end of the video, Wallen said he plans to take a step back from the spotlight right now to work on himself.

Wallen said he has not tested positive for the coronavirus.

A representative for Wallen did not immediately respond to a request for comment. “SNL” officials did not have a comment.

The show has not announced a replacement for Wallen.

According to Wallen, SNL producer Lorne Michaels told him they would find a time to make up the performance.

Stay with News 2 for continuing coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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