He started by saying it was a “tough” video for him to make “but a necessary one.”
“I was getting ready for ‘SNL’ this Saturday and I got a call from the show that I will no longer be able to play,” Wallen said. “And that’s because of Covid protocols, which I understand.”
CNN has reached out to both the poster of the video and Wallen for comment.
Wallen went on to say that he had not tested positive for Covid-19 but added that “my actions this past weekend were pretty shortsighted.”
“And they have obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams,” he said. “I respect the show’s decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy and I take ownership for this. I’d like to apologize to ‘SNL,’ to my fans, to my team for bringing me these opportunities and I let them down.”
CNN has reached out to “SNL” for comment.
The 27-year-old singer said he believes he has some growing up to do and will be stepping away from the spotlight for a bit to work on himself.
“I wish I could have made country music and my fans proud this Saturday, but I respect the decision once again,” he said. “Lorne Michaels (the creator of ‘SNL’) actually gave me a lot of encouragement by letting me know we’ll find another time to make this up so that means a lot to me, thank you.”
Bill Burr is set to host this weekend, and as of Thursday morning a new musical guest had not been announced.