Morgan Wallen made his Saturday Night Live debut and it did not disappoint.
The singer returned to New York City for the show two months after his original debut was nixed by show producers due to breaking COVID-19 protocols. The news came following a weekend of partying in Alabama and made national headlines at the time.
Wallen, guest host Jason Bateman and SNL producers made light of the situation on Saturday with a nearly five-minute-long skit poking fun at Wallen’s wild weekend in Alabama. SNL recreated the Alabama bar scene where Wallen was spotted drinking and kissing women and had Bateman playing the role of Wallen from one month in the future.
“I am you from the future and I came here to stop you from partying tonight,” Bateman’s character told the “More Than My Hometown singer, later adding, “Trust me somebody’s gonna post a video of you ignoring COVID protocols, the whole internet’s gonna freak out … Once people hear about the party, you’re in big trouble man, you’re gonna get kicked off Saturday Night Live.”
Appearing concerned, Wallen said, “Well I don’t want to screw up an opportunity like that or let my fans down. I guess I’ll leave the party then.”
Bateman’s character played the devil’s advocate and attempted to convince him to stay a little while longer.
“Now I know it’s hard, I actually forgot how fun this party was. I mean you got cute girls over here, you got tons of booze, I bet there’s a whole hell of a lot of drugs around right? Maybe we stay for another five or 10 minutes,” he persuaded.
The plot thickened when Bowen Yang appeared, playing the role of Wallen from two months in the future, followed by Pete Davidson, who played a random guy at the bar. Ultimately, Davidson was the voice of reason, predicted an overall good outcome for Wallen.
“You’re going to do the right thing and accept responsibility for what you did tonight … [SNL]’s gonna have you on two months later, I promise. There aren’t many people willing to fly to New York right now,” he said.
That’s exactly what Wallen did. After his SNL appearance was canceled, he owned up to his actions and took some time to himself to reflect on what he had done.
“My actions this past weekend were pretty short-sighted and they have obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams,” Wallen said at the time. “I respect the show’s decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy, and I take ownership for this.”
The superstar later returned to the spotlight in mid-November for the CMA Awards where he was crowned CMA New Artist of the Year.