Caleb Kennedy exits American Idol after KKK video reveal

Rickey Yaneza

“American Idol” contestant Caleb Kennedy announced on Wednesday night that he has left the show. He wrote on social media that he is leaving because of a controversial video:

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. 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.

In the video, Caleb is beside someone wearing a KKK hood with the caption “bow”.

Press play to watch the video below.

According to the Herald Journal, the video circulating online with the “bow” caption is not the original video.

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