The announcement was made by SNL on its social media pages, noting Wallen would be joining the week Jason Bateman is set to take on hosting duties. He shared the news on his own Twitter account, with a simple message to fans and viewers.
“Let’s try this again,” Wallen wrote alongside a picture of the bulletin board notice.
The country singer was slated to make his big debut on the late-night comedy sketch series as the musical guest on October 10, but he was pulled from the line-up after videos of Wallen attending college parties in Alabama surfaced on TikTok. Fans were quick to point out the lack of social distancing and no masks being worn by partygoers, which led to the cancellation of his performance.
Wallen was apologetic of his actions, taking his statement directly to a video he shared with fans on Instagram explaining the situation at hand.
“I respect the show’s decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy. I take ownership of this. I’d like to apologize to SNL, to my fans, to my team: I let them down. And on a more personal note, I think I have some growing up to do. I think I’ve lost myself a little bit. I’ve tried to find joy in the wrong places, and it’s left me with less joy. So I’m gonna go try to work on that. I’m gonna take a step back from the spotlight for a little while and go work on myself. I wish I could’ve made country music and my fans proud,” he said in the clip.
The “Whiskey Glasses” singer reflected even further on the decision made by the series’ creators during an appearance on The Bobbycast earlier in November, admitting the consequence allowed him to take a step back and focus on the bigger picture.
“Throughout this whole process, there’s been times where, for a while, I would just be like, ‘Man, I’m kind of lonely, and I don’t know if I even like this. And then there’s another high and you’re like, ‘I love this,’ and it kind of goes through phases. It was kind of a good thing for me. It kind of forced me away to just reflect and look at myself and kind of get to know myself again, and it was good for me,” he explained to host Bobby Bones.
Wallen is slated to appear on Saturday Night Live on December 5.