On Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, Morgan Wallen took it to Instagram to announce that he won't be performing on Saturday Night Live after all, and to issue an apology for flouting the COVID-19 regulations during a recent trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The successful country singer and songwriter forewent several recommendations during his visit to the city. According to videos posted on TikTok and Twitter, he was partying without a mask, and he didn't shy away from making out with several young women.
Morgan Wallen issued an apology for his hedonistic activities via an Instagram video.
"It's a tough video for me to make, but a necessary one [...] I'm in New York City, in a hotel room. I was getting ready for SNL this Saturday and I got a call from the show letting me know that I will no longer be able to play, and that that's because of COVID protocols," Morgan began his apology posted on Instagram.
"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 dreams," Morgan added shortly after.
"I respect the show's decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy and I take ownership [of] this. I'd like to apologize to SNL, to my fans, to my team [...] I let them down" Morgan said.
"And, on a more personal note, I have some growing up to do [...] I'm gonna take a step back from the spotlight for a little while," Morgan explained.
Morgan Wallen was spotted partying without a mask in Tuscaloosa.
On Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, Morgan shared a photograph taken at a football game at the Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
As several TikTok videos reveal, it's likely that he headed out a few hours afterward, immersing himself in the vibrant nightlife the college city has on offer. According to the video recordings, Morgan paid little attention to the regulations, partying alongside young women at several locations instead.
Morgan's antics caused a great deal of stir on social media and beyond, with many taking a clear stance against the star for his failure to lead by example and avoid putting himself and others at risk of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19.)
"How do I get off of Morgan wallen TikTok please I’m begging you I'm so tired of seeing videos of him kissing random girls and no one wearing masks and them being at bars packed shoulder to shoulder," wrote a person.
Some were equally angered by seeing the 27-year-old father of one out and about.
"It seems like that Morgan wallen guy cares more about not being on snl than being around his baby, who has a baby and goes and kisses random girls at bars during a pandemic??" opined a person.
"I would like to publicly say I am much more concerned about the celebrities involved in pedophilia than how many girls Morgan Wallen kissed over the weekend. I suggest y'all do the same," argued somebody else.
The singer's actions seem to have caught up with him — and it seems that the SNL gig might not be the only thing he risked with the debaucherous partying.