Rise to Fame or Fall to Shame


Haley Pierce , Editor

Country music star Morgan Wallen has dropped from the airwaves and had his contract with his label suspended after he was caught on video shouting a racial slur. The video was obtained by TMZ and published on Tuesday February 2nd .


Wallen and a group of friends were seen Sunday night partying in Nashville. When they returned home late that night, a doorbell camera captured them honking their horns and causing a scene. A neighbor then pulled out a cellphone to record a video in which Wallen can be heard yelling the slur according to TMZ.


Big Loud Label, which releases Wallen’s music with Republic Records, suspended Wallen’s contract indefinitely as Republic Records fully support Big Loud’s decision and agrees such behavior will not be tolerated according to a statement the company said Wednesday.


Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album,” released last month, has stayed at number one on the Billboard 200 chart for three weeks, the first country album to top the list for that long in eight years.


Country Music Television (CMT) and iHeartRadio announced Wednesday they were dropping his music from their airwaves.


“After learning of Morgan Wallen’s racial slur late last night, we are in the process of removing his appearances from all our platforms,” a CMT spokesperson said in a statement. “We do not tolerate or condone words and actions that are in direct opposition to our core values that celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion.”


Wendy Goldberg, an iHeart Media representative, said in statement, “In light of Morgan Wallen’s recent actions involving the use of a racial slur, we have made the decision to remove his music and content from our stations effective immediately.”

Wallen did not respond to requests for comment from NBC News, but said in a statement to TMZ: “I’m embarrassed and sorry. 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 want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”

Country music stars were quick to criticize Wallen’s language.

“If you condone or try to justify @MorganWallen’s latest behavior, there is NO place for you in the Country Music community or ANY community,” Justin Fabus wrote on Twitter.

The news out of Nashville tonight does not represent country music,” shared Kelsea Ballerini.

Mickey Guyton, the first black female solo artist to receive a Grammy nomination in a country category, simply wrote: “The hate runs deep.”

This is not the first time Wallen’s behavior on video has gotten him into trouble. In October, he was pulled as the “Saturday Night Live” musical performer after he was seen in TikTok videos partying without mask and kissing random women, putting him at risk for the coronavirus.

Wallen posted a five-minute video on his YouTube channel late Wednesday, saying he “let so many people down,” according to cnn.com.

Wallen also stated in his video that he is nine days sober from that night the video was released and that he has spoken to some people that had personal stories.


“One thing I’ve learned already that I’m specifically sorry for is that my words matter, that words can truly hurt a person and at my core that’s not what I’m OK with. This week I heard firsthand some personal stories from Black people that honestly shook me.


“I know what I’m going through this week doesn’t even compare to some of the trials I heard about from them. I came away from those discussions with a deep appreciation for them and a clearer understand of the way to my words.”