Morgan Wallen finally breaks his silence on self-imposing exile after the backlash of his SNL exit & his own COVID-19 partying.
2020 has been a tough year for all of us. The onset of COVID-19 and adjusting to the harsh realities of a modern pandemic weigh heavily across the board. For one country artist in particular, however, it’s been an “exceptionally rough time.”
“I took awhile, like almost two weeks, and just turned my phone off and didn’t even look at it,” Morgan Wallen reveals. Speaking to Bobby Bones on his Bobbycast podcast, the Whiskey Glasses singer finally breaks his silence on what the experience held for him.
Wallen says he “drove on the tractor, things like that, and just c[was clearing] my head.” Despite being asked to exit his debut SNL live music performance, the experience makes him grateful. “It was really, really good to me.”
Back in early October, Wallen was exiting SNL schedule after posting videos of himself partying heavily without a mask or observing social distancing. Within, he began kissing women at said Alabama college party, all individuals unmasked.
Morgan Wallen Felt “Kind of Lonely” After SNL Exit
Continuing to speak to Bones, Wallen reveals that “throughout this whole process there’s been times where, for awhile I would just be like, ‘Man, I’m kind of like lonely and I don’t even know if I like this.” In addition, the star says he hit a roadblock of acceptance, however.
“And then you know, there’s another high and you’re like, ‘Oh yeah. I love this.’ It kind of just goes through phases and I’ve kind of just had been living like that. It’s like, can I not maybe do something to combat that? Maybe I don’t need to be so moody. It was almost a good thing for me.”
He then adds, “It kind of forced me away just to reflect and look at myself and kind of get to know myself again. It was good for me.”
SNL mastermind Lorne Michaels himself even spoke to Wallen personally, letting him know the reasons for their drop. To Lauren, Wallen’s behavior was unacceptable, noting that we now are “living in different times.”
“I’m not positive for COVID, but my actions this past weekend were pretty short-sighted, and they’ve obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams,” Wallen said in a social media post at the time. “I respect the show’s decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy.”
“And I take ownership for this,” he continues in the video. “I’d like to apologize to SNL. To my fans. To my team. For bringing me these opportunities, and I let them down. I was getting ready for Saturday Night Live this Saturday and I got a call from the show that I will no longer be able to play,” he says. “And that is because of COVID-19 protocols, which I understand.”
Wallen was tested for COVID and received negative results. He says this does not, however, excuse his actions.
Since then, the country star has begun opening up with fans again. As a result, he performed in the 2020 CMT Awards for the first time since being dropped by SNL.