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Country music singer Morgan Wallen faces backlash after video shows him using racial slur

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Country music star Morgan Wallen is facing fierce backlash from fellow artists and radio stations are reportedly refusing to play his songs after he was caught on camera using racist language.

The “7 Summers” singer apologized Tuesday after TMZ posted a video of him using a racial slur after a night out in Nashville over the weekend with a group of companions. In the footage, Wallen appears to be saying an expletive-filled goodbye to friends, telling them to “take care of this … [N-word].”

“I’m embarrassed and sorry,” the 27-year-old performer said in a statement to TMZ. “I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever.”

“I promise to do better,” he said.

In a statement posted to Facebook on Wednesday, CMT said it is “in the process of removing his appearances from all our platforms.”

“We do not tolerate or condone words and actions that are in direct opposition to our core values that celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion,” CMT said.

Other musicians were quick to condemn Wallen’s slur.

“Black Like Me” singer Mickey Guyton, a Black country music star, noted that Wallen had quoted rap lyrics using the word before in past social media posts.

Country singers Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris also weighed in, tweeting:

Cumulus Media, a broadcasting company and one of the country’s biggest radio station owners, reportedly sent a directive to managers Tuesday night instructing them to pull Wallen’s songs from their playlists. Citing his racist language, the company said his music should be removed “without exception,” according to Variety.

Wallen made headlines last year after “Saturday Night Live” pulled the plug on his planned October performance after he was filmed breaking COVID-19 protocols. Two months later, “SNL” invited him back and he made his debut on the show.

—Updated at 1:14 p.m.

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