Caleb Kennedy exits ‘American Idol’ after video surfaces

Caleb Kennedy, a single of the last 5 contestants on the current season of “American Idol,” has remaining the present soon after a online video surfaced of him sitting down upcoming to a person donning what appears to be a Ku Klux Klan hood.

What You Want To Know

  • Caleb Kennedy, one particular of the remaining five contestants on the current period of “American Idol,” has still left the demonstrate soon after a online video surfaced of him sitting next to an individual carrying what appears to be a Ku Klux Klan hood
  • The 16-calendar year-outdated region singer broke the news of his exit from the ABC singing competitiveness in an Instagram submit Wednesday
  • ABC verified to Spectrum Information that Kennedy will no lengthier seem on “American Idol” and that Sunday’s demonstrate will function the four remaining contestants, with one particular remaining eliminated
  • Kennedy’s mother said said the movie was recorded when Kennedy was 12 years outdated and that her son and the other man or woman in the video were imitating characters from the movie “The Strangers: Prey at Night”

The 16-yr-old place singer broke the news of his exit from the ABC singing opposition in an Instagram article Wednesday. 

“Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a shock, but I am no lengthier gonna be on American Idol,” wrote Kennedy, who is from Roebuck, South Carolina. “There was a video clip that surfaced on the online and it exhibited actions that were being not intended to be taken in that way. I was more youthful and did not believe about the actions, but that is not an justification. I wanna say sorry to all my fans and anyone who I have let down.”

ABC verified to Spectrum Information that Kennedy will no longer appear on “American Idol” and that Sunday’s display will function the 4 remaining contestants, with 1 remaining eradicated. 

Kennedy’s mom, Anita Male, instructed the Spartanburg Herald-Journal that the 3-second Snapchat online video was recorded with Kennedy was 12 several years old. She reported her son and the other person in the video clip had been imitating figures from the motion picture “The Strangers: Prey at Night time.”

“It had absolutely nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan, but I know that’s how it appears,” she claimed. “Caleb will not have a racist bone in his system. He loves anyone and has close friends of all races.”

Kennedy explained he’ll be using some time away from social media “to better myself.”

“I know this has hurt and let down a good deal of individuals and built men and women drop regard for me,” he wrote. “I’m so sorry! I pray that I can a person day regain your rely on in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.”

Kennedy received the awareness of the “Idol” judges with a booming, gravelly voice. He also acquired kudos for his songwriting, generally singing originals. His most latest effectiveness, having said that, was a countrified include of Coldplay’s “Violet Hill.”