Singer Morgan Wallen has been axed by American television network NBC ahead of his debut on the variety show, Saturday Night Live (SNL).
The move came after video footage emerged, showing the singer breaking network coronavirus guidelines as he kissed a group of fans at a party.
Wallen, 27, was set to make his SNL debut this weekend as a musical guest.
Videos showed the singer partying at bars and a house party without wearing a mask while kissing an individual who wore their mask around their neck.
The videos are believed to have been taken at a party held by students at the University of Alabama.
During an Instagram Live broadcast, the singer addressed the incident, saying: "It's a tough video for me to make, but a necessary one."
He went on to say: "I'm in New York City in a hotel room.
"I was getting ready for SNL this Saturday and I got a call from the show letting me know that I would no longer be able to play and that's because of Covid protocols, which I understand.
"I'm not positive from Covid, but my actions from this past weekend were pretty short-sighted, and have obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams."
The Whiskey Glasses singer continued: "I respect the show's decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy and I take ownership of this.
"I'd like to apologize to SNL, to my fans, to my team for bringing me these opportunities and I let them down."
The singer went on to say that he has "some growing up to do," adding that he has recently attempted to find "joy in the wrong places".
Signing off, he revealed that Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michael's has said the programme is working on rescheduling his appearance.
The show's cast returned to the studio last week after ceasing production in March.
All audience members are made to wear facial coverings and undergo a rapid coronavirus test before being allowed entry into the studio.
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