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Caleb Kennedy Leaves 'American Idol'; Makes Statement About Controversial Resurfaced Video

Caleb Kennedy Leaves 'American Idol'; Makes Statement About Controversial Resurfaced Video

American Idol contestant Caleb Kennedy has spoken out following a controversial old video that resurfaced.

The Idol hopeful, who made it to the top 5, will be exiting the show over what happened.

Click inside for all the details about what happened to Caleb Kennedy…

In the short video that originally appeared in a Snapchat post, Caleb was seated next to someone wearing what appears to be a Ku Klux Klan hood. His family has stated that Caleb was just 12 when the video was taken.

However, because of the video’s contents, Caleb will now be leaving American Idol.

“Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise, but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol. There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way,” Caleb shared in a statement on Instagram.

He continued, “I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse. I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down. I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me. I’m so sorry!”

“I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.”

Caleb is not the first contestant to leave the competition this season.

Wyatt Pike left the show earlier this season, although his reasons are still a mystery.

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