Country singer Morgan Wallen will no longer be the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, TODAY has confirmed.
Wallen reportedly breached COVID-19 protocols ahead of his appearance on the show.
In a video posted to his Instagram on Wednesday night, Wallen didn’t specify how he’d breached protocols, but admitted his "actions this past weekend were pretty shortsighted.”
“They’ve obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams,” he said, adding he would like to apologize to “SNL,” his fans and his team.
“I respect the show’s decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy,” he said. “And I take ownership for this.”
The “This Bar” singer visited Tuscaloosa, Alabama, last weekend and was captured on social media partying without a mask.
Wallen said "SNL" showrunner Lorne Michaels had encouraged him by saying they’ll “find another time” to have him on the show as a musical guest.
“That means a lot to me,” Wallen said.
The 27-year-old singer said he is planning to work on himself after the incident.
“On a more personal note, I think I have some growing up to do,” he said. “I think I’ve lost myself a little bit. I’ve tried to find joy in the wrong places, and, I don’t know, 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,” he continued.
Wallen also said in the video that he is "not positive for COVID."