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Morgan Wallen faces fallout from country radio

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Morgan Wallen is back in hot water due to the TMZ report and video that has the country singer using a racial slur.

A video of Wallen using the n-word outside of his Nashville-area home on Sunday night (1/31/2021) was shared by the news show online. The fallout from the fans and radio includes Cumulus Media, who has reportedly directed its 400+ radio stations across the U.S. to pull his music from their playlists.

In the clip, captured by a neighbor’s Ring doorbell camera, Wallen can be heard saying, “take care of” this “p**** a** mother******” and “take care of this p**** a** n*****.”

Cumulus, which is the second biggest radio chain in the country, sent a message to all program directors after the news broke late Tuesday (Feb. 2).

According to Variety, the message read: “Team, unfortunately country music star Morgan Wallen was captured on video Sunday evening using a racial slur. Effective immediately we request that all of Morgan Wallen’s music be removed from our playlists without exception. More to follow.” The email was allegedly sent with the subject line “MORGAN WALLEN — EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.”

The message was from Brian Philips, EVP of programming for Cumulus, and John Dimick, head of programming operations for Cumulus. The statement did not specify how long the removal would last.

Industry insiders expect other radio stations to follow suit.

“I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back,” Wallen shared in a statement to TMZ. “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.”

Wallen has been sitting at the top of the charts with his recently-released Dangerous: The Double Album. If the album remains there for the fourth consecutive week, Wallen will set a record for the most consecutive weeks at No.1, something no country artist has done since Garth Brooks in the 1990s.

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