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Days Later ‘American Idol’ Judges Finally Speak About Caleb Kennedy

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At just 16-years-old, Caleb Kennedy has enough musical talent to get him to the top five of American Idol. Unfortunately, when Caleb Kennedy makes an abrupt departure from the singing competition last week (May 12). Keep reading for what judges, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie have to say about all of this drama.

What happened with American Idol’s Caleb Kennedy?

On Wednesday, May 12, Caleb Kennedy takes to his Instagram to share some shocking news with his fans. Kennedy shares that due to a racially charged video that recently resurfaced. According to US Weekly, the video depicts Kennedy “sitting next to someone wearing what appears to be a Klu Klux Klan costume.”

Notably, his Instagram statement is lengthy and well thought out. Caleb Kennedy says, “Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise, but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol.” Next, he goes on to take responsibility for his actions. He writes about some of his thought process about the video. “I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse.”

Next, the once Idol hopeful apologizes to his fans and everyone he let down. After that, his statement seems like it takes a page out of Morgan Wallen’s book. “I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself.” In conclusion, he thanks his fans for supporting him.


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American Idol judges, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie finally speak about the hopeful’s abrupt departure.

People reports on the American Idol judge’s reaction to Caleb Kennedy removing himself from the competition. Luke Bryan gets markedly emotional when he speaks about it. “First and foremost, as judges, we love these kids,” shares the country music superstar. Next, he goes on to say, “We get emotionally involved in these kids. We want the best for Caleb.”

After that, Luke Bryan speaks about American Idol’s network ABC. “As far as the nuances on how ABC gets viewed, with way, decisions got made and it’s our job as judges to show up and do our best job and comment on the kids who are in front of us.” Ultimately, Bryan shares the following. “It does make for a very, very challenging and upsetting week.”


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Lionel Richie’s thoughts on the matter seem to be shorter than his cohort’s. Lionel Richie says, “He has definitely has a talent. The problem is, this is one of those unfortunate decisions that had to be made and we move on. But this will be remembered in his lifetime and he’ll know what it’s all about.” However, according to ET Online, Richie says more than that. “Well losing great talent is always [hard]… this is our class. This is the class of 2021.”

It seems that Katy Perry hasn’t said anything on the matter.

What do you think about American Idol Caleb Kennedy’s past actions? How about what Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie say about the incident? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Check back with TV Shows Ace for more American Idol news. Tune into the season finale, Sunday, May 23 at 8 PM ET/PT on ABC.

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