Caleb Kennedy was near profitable “American Idol.” Now he’s simply idle.
Kennedy, who had superior to the Last 5 of the expertise competitors, introduced his departure on Instagram Wednesday as a video circulated exhibiting him sitting subsequent to somebody carrying what seems to be a Ku Klux Klan hood.
The present confirmed to the New York Post that Kennedy was out and apparently scrubbed a number of of his efficiency movies from its YouTube channel.
“Hey y’all, that is gonna be a little bit of a shock however I’m not gonna be on ‘American Idol,’” the 16-year-old performer wrote on Instagram. “There was a video that surfaced on the web and it displayed actions that weren’t meant to be taken in that method. I used to be youthful and didn’t take into consideration the actions, however that’s not an excuse. I wanna ask for forgiveness to all my followers and everybody who I’ve let down.”
Anita Man, Kennedy’s mom, told MSN that the video was taken when Kennedy was 12 and that he and the opposite particular person had been merely portraying characters from a movie.
“I hate this has occurred and the way Caleb is being portrayed by individuals on-line,” Man mentioned. “This video was taken after Caleb had watched the film ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night time’ and so they had been imitating these characters. It had nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan, however I do know that’s the way it appears to be like. Caleb doesn’t have a racist bone in his physique. He loves everybody and has pals of all races.”
A trailer of the 2018 horror movie reveals characters in white masks, however none of them resemble a KKK hood.
In his final present on Sunday, Kennedy sang Coldplay’s “Violet Hill,” in response to the “Entry” information section above.
“American Idol” mentioned this Sunday’s present will function the remaining 4 contestants with one to be eradicated, NBC New York noted.
This season has been rocked by controversy. Wyatt Pike left after qualifying for the High 12, saying it was for private causes. And Cecil Ray Baker was arrested on fees of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home and placing her within the face days after being eradicated from the present.
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