Morgan Wallen Removed From ‘Saturday Night Live’ Gig After Wild Weekend In Alabama

“I think I have some growing up to do,” he admits.


Lauren Jo Black

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October 7, 2020


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After a wild weekend partying in Alabama, Morgan Wallen has been booted from making his Saturday Night Live debut.

The news comes after photos and videos of Wallen partying maskless at various bars near the University of Alabama surfaced on the web. Several videos also show the superstar kissing a number of women and riding in cars with college students.

The “More Than My Hometown” singer shared the news on Instagram on Wednesday (Oct. 7). In the somber video message, Wallen revealed that he has not tested positive for COVID-19, but that he was removed as the show’s musical guest “because of COVID protocols, which I understand.”

“My actions this past weekend were pretty short-sighted and they have obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams,” Wallen went on to say. “I respect the show’s decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy, and I take ownership for this.”

Wallen also apologized for his actions and admitted that he plans to use this as an opportunity to better himself.

“I’d like to apologize to SNL, to my fans, to my team for bringing me these opportunities, and I Iet them down,” Wallen continued. “And, on a more personal note, I think I have some growing up to do. You know, I think I’ve lost myself a little bit. I’ve tried to find joy in the wrong places, and, I don’t know, it’s left me with less joy.”

The CMA New Artist of the Year nominee said that SNL execs plan to reschedule his appearance on the show, however, at this time, no date as been set.

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.

Click above to watch Wallen’s message to fans.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.