Monday, June 17, 2024

“American Idol” Cancels 16 Year Old Caleb Kennedy, Drops Him From Show, After KKK Video Surfaces


Caleb Kennedy, who seemed like an amiable kid, has been cancelled by “American Idol.”

The 16 year old country singer was outed by a website with a video made when he was 12. He’s standing next to someone wearing a KKK hood.

Kennedy has posted his exit to Instagram.

His mom told MSNBC: “This video was taken after Caleb had watched the movie ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ and they were imitating those characters. It had nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan, but I know that’s how it looks. Caleb doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. He loves everyone and has friends of all races.”

Now there are only four contestants for the “Idol” finals. It was a bit of a surprise when Hunter Metts didn’t get chosen last Sunday. Maybe they can bring him back.

“Idol” has been plagued by problems this season. Wyatt Pike, who’s 20 and looked like he could go the distance, dropped out weeks ago citing “personal reasons.” He’s since managed to book a gig on Staten Island.

Meantime, the most recent show this past Sunday, featuring Coldplay, was the lowest rated so far of this season. And no one knows what happened to last year’s winner, a young woman named Just Sam. If anyone does, send me an email at

PS On Friday, “Idol” judge Katy Perry is releasing a new single. And I saw Luke Bryan out promoting something today. These people aren’t stupid. They sense a ship taking on water.

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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