Morgan Wallen out as this week's 'SNL' musical guest after partying without a mask

'I take ownership for this'

It looks like Country singer Morgan Wallen will no longer be the musical guest for this weekend’s Saturday Night Live broadcast. Apparently, the production says he broke COVID-19 social distancing protocols and won't be able to safely perform.

Wallen was scheduled to perform on Saturday, October 10 with comedian Bill Burr as the night's host, but after recently being seen partying maskless, he has been asked to step aside.

In a post on Instagram the singer described his disappointment as well as his understanding of the situation.

"I'm not positive for COVID," he explains from his NYC hotel room, "but my actions this past weekend were pretty short-sighted and they have obviously affected my long term goals and dreams."

While the comments on his post span the political divide of which the mask debate dangerously rests, Wallen says he respects the show's decision because "I know that I put them in jeopardy," he says. "And I take ownership for this."

Wallen apologized to SNL, his team, and his fans for the let down, but left on a positive note, recognizing that he needs to make changes in his life where he admits he "tried to find joy in the wrong places."

"So, I'm gonna go try to work on that. I'm gonna take a step back from the spotlight for a little while and go work on myself." he continued.

Morgan also said Lorne Michaels, SNL's boss and creator, offered to find a place for him in a future broadcast.

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