American Idol finalist leaves contest after video emerges online 4 months ago

American Idol finalist leaves contest after video emerges online

The singer announced that he was leaving the competition last night.

Caleb Kennedy, a finalist on American Idol, has left the competition after a video emerged of him sitting next to a friend wearing what appears to be a Ku Klux Klan hood.

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The video was circulated online, before Caleb commented on it and announced his departure from the competition.

He tweeted yesterday: "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."

He continued: "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."

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Caleb's mother, Anita Guy, has said that the video was not racist, but rather that Caleb and his friend were imitating characters from a film.

She told the Herald Journal: "I hate this has happened and how Caleb is being portrayed by people online. This video was taken after Caleb had watched the movie The Strangers: Prey at Night, and they were imitating those characters. It had nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan, but I know that's how it looks.

She continued: "Caleb doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. He loves everyone and has friends of all races."

American Idol have yet to comment officially on Caleb's departure.