Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Cancelled: Newly Minted Country Superstar Morgan Wallen’s Career Up in Flames After TMZ Catches Him Using “N Word”


Morgan Wallen was like a shooting star. The newly minted country singer saw his double album fly up the charts over the last month like an Apollo rocket. “Dangerous: The Double ALbum” had sold 104,000 copies since January 8th– 678,000 including streaming. Amazing. It’s number 1 on iTunes. His 2018 album is number 2. His singles are all over the pop chart.

Wallen even performed on “Saturday Night Live” after having to postpone his original appearance because he’d been exposed to COVID. But he was invited back and had a big success.

But now it’s all compost. TMZ caught Wallen using the N word on Sunday, yelling to friends as they left his Nashville home.

As a drunk Wallen says goodbye to his pals, a TMZ spy captures him telling someone to watch over a guy in his group. He says … “take care of this “p****-ass mother******” — and then goes on to say, “take care of this p****-ass n*****” …

Now his record company, Big Loud, has suspended him. Republic Records/Universal, which distributes Big Loud, has publicly criticized him. Radio stations are dropping his music.

Wallen apologized. “I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back,” he said in a statement to TMZ on Tuesday. “There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”

Nevertheless, Cumulus Media, iHeartMedia, Spotify and Apple Music are said to be removing his music from various playlists, although he’s still on Spotify.

Wallen’s PR people must not know what to do. His Twitter account is still active but there’s no mention of this incident. Ditto Instagram. They better do something fast.

Here’s the TMZ video.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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