400+ Radio Stations Directed To Remove Morgan Wallen From Playlists Following Racial Slur

Morgan Wallen; John Russell, CMA
Morgan Wallen; John Russell, CMA
Morgan Wallen; John Russell, CMA

Morgan Wallen has found himself in hot water once again and this time, he’s facing major consequences. 

After a video of him using the n-word outside of his Nashville-area home surfaced online, Cumulus Media has reportedly directed its 400+ radio stations across the U.S. to pull his music from their playlists. 

Cumulus, which is the second biggest radio chain in the country, sent a message to all program directors after the news broke late Tuesday (Feb. 2). 

According to Variety, the message read: “Team, unfortunately country music star Morgan Wallen was captured on video Sunday evening using a racial slur. Effective immediately we request that all of Morgan Wallen’s music be removed from our playlists without exception. More to follow.” The email was allegedly sent with the subject line “MORGAN WALLEN — EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.”

The instructions were given by Brian Philips, EVP of programming for Cumulus, and John Dimick, head of programming operations for Cumulus. The statement did not specify if the directive was temporary or ongoing. 

Industry insiders expect other radio stations to follow suit.  

TMZ first reported the news and released a video that shows Wallen shouting profanities and using a racial slur outside of his home. 

In the clip, captured by a neighbor’s doorbell camera, Wallen can be heard saying, “take care of” this “p**** a** mother******” and “take care of this p**** a** n*****.”

“I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back,” Wallen shared in a statement to TMZ. “There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”

It is unclear if DSPs will follow Cumulus in pulling Wallen from playlists. No formal statements have been made, however, he currently does not appear on the homepage of Apple Music Country or Spotify’s massive Hot Country playlist. 

Wallen is expected to spend another week at the top of the charts with his recently-released Dangerous: The Double Album. If the album remains there for the fourth consecutive week, Wallen will set a record for the most consecutive weeks at No.1, something no country artist has done since Garth Brooks in the 1990s. 

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