Morgan Wallen Quietly Replaced By Jon Pardi at Upcoming Country Music Festival

Morgan Wallen; Photo by John Shearer
Morgan Wallen; Photo via Instagram
Morgan Wallen

Morgan Wallen is living up to his promise to take some time away from the spotlight after coming under fire for his maskless weekend of partying in Alabama.

After being removed from his Saturday Night Live debut performance, the rising superstar has bowed out of the upcoming Charleston Country Music Fest, taking place Oct. 30-31.

According to a social media post from the festival, Wallen has been replaced by Jon Pardi on the lineup.

The upcoming socially distanced event will also feature Riley Green, HARDY, Mitchell Tenpenny, Ashland Craft and Tyler Braden.

The news comes after Wallen shared a heartfelt video apology on Instagram after he came under fire for partying maskless at various bars near the University of Alabama on the weekend of October 3. In his video message, the “More Than My Hometown” singer shared plans to use this as an opportunity to better himself.

“You know, I think I’ve lost myself a little bit,” he admitted. “I’ve tried to find joy in the wrong places, and, I don’t know, it’s left me with less joy. So I’m going to 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.”

2020 has been quite an eventful year for Wallen. In June, he was arrested in Nashville for disorderly conduct, and in July, he surprised fans with the news that he is a father after welcoming a son with his ex-girlfriend, Katie Smith.