Morgan Wallen cut from CMT, dropped by his label over use of racial slur
Country music star Morgan Wallen is being removed by CMT and dropped by his record label amid the growing fallout over video showing him using a racial slur.
In a Wednesday Facebook post, CMT said it was in the process of erasing Wallen’s appearances “from all our platforms.” The country music network condemned the 27-year-old performer’s racist language, writing, “We do not tolerate or condone words and actions that are in direct opposition to our core values that celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion.”
The move came after TMZ posted a video Tuesday of the “7 Summers” singer out in Nashville shouting an expletive-filled goodbye to his companions. “Take care of this … [N-word],” Wallen said in the clip.
Wallen apologized after the video was posted, saying 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.
It wasn’t the first time Wallen has used the slur — critics noted that he had quoted rap lyrics using it in his past social media posts.
On Wednesday, Wallen’s record company, Big Loud Records, released a statement saying it was suspending the chart-topper’s contract. “Such behavior” the company said, “will not be tolerated.”