Morgan Wallen Dropped by Big Loud Records and Other Platforms for Racial Slur Video

Morgan Wallen has been suspended by his record label and his music has been pulled from radio stations and appearances on Country Music television, all in the wake of a recent video that features Wallen using a racial slur.

On Tuesday night, TMZ shared video footage (filmed this past Sunday) that shows the country star shouting profanities and saying the n-word while walking into his Nashville house following a night out. Needless to say, many are upset by his language, including members of the country music community.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Kelsea Ballerini said, "The news out of Nashville tonight does not represent country music."

The news out of Nashville tonight does not represent country music.

— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) February 3, 2021

Mickey Guyton commented that the "hate runs deep."

The hate runs deep. Smfh https://t.co/VIf4b0bKud

— Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) February 3, 2021

Maren Morris tweeted, "It actually IS representative of our town because this isn't his first 'scuffle' and he just demolished a huge streaming record last month regardless. We all know it wasn't his first time using that word. We keep them rich and protected at all costs with no recourse."

As noted by Variety, Wallen had previously tweeted the same slur in 2012 when quoting a Meek Mill song.

It actually IS representative of our town because this isn’t his first “scuffle” and he just demolished a huge streaming record last month regardless. We all know it wasn’t his first time using that word. We keep them rich and protected at all costs with no recourse.

— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) February 3, 2021

Wallen quickly issued an apology about the incident. "I'm embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back," the controversial singer said in a statement. "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."

Newsweek reached out to Wallen's team for further comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.

Despite his apology, several partners have dropped Wallen, who released his second album, Dangerous: The Double Album, in January.

Cumulus Media, a massive radio station conglomerate, didn't hesitate to pull his music from its airwaves. According to Variety, on Tuesday night, a memo went out to program directors for Cumulus' more than 400 radio stations, stating, "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."

Soon after, on Wednesday morning, iHeartRadio—the largest radio chain in the nation with over 850 stations—also yanked Wallen's music. "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," a spokesperson said in a statement.

Country Music Television also announced Wednesday morning that it is "in the process of removing his appearances from all their platforms." The network added, "We do not tolerate or condone words and actions that are in direct opposition to our core values that celebrate diversity, equity & inclusion."

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

— CMT (@CMT) February 3, 2021

SiriusXM and Pandora users won't catch Wallen's songs, either. The audio entertainment company told Variety that it's also removing his material from its platforms. The broadcasting company and radio network Entercom said that it has pulled Wallen's music from its playlists as well.

Additionally, the Nashville-based Big Loud Records announced that it is suspending his recording contract indefinitely. Republic Records, which works with Big Loud Records, shared a statement on social media saying that it "fully supports Big Loud's decision and agrees that such behavior will not be tolerated."

This isn't the first time that Wallen has been embroiled in controversy. In October 2020, he was slated to perform on Saturday Night Live when Bill Burr was hosting, but was removed from the roster after he was caught partying maskless and not observing social distancing guidelines in Alabama the previous weekend.

"My actions this past weekend were pretty short-sighted and they have obviously affected my longterm goals and my dreams," Wallen said at the time in an Instagram post. "I respect the show's decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy and I take ownership for this."

He was invited back to Studio 8H in December, when Jason Bateman was hosting.

Morgan Wallen
Morgan Wallen attends the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry on September 13, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards is on September 16, 2020 with some live and some prerecorded segments. (Photo by Jason Kempin/ACMA2020/Getty Images for ACM