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‘American Idol’ contestant leaves show amid video controversy

ByReiss Bowler

May 13, 2021

A 16-year-old “American Idol” contestant has quit the singing competition after a video circulated showing him sitting next to someone wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood.

Caleb Kennedy, who advanced to the Top 5, apologized for the video on Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, saying, “It showed actions that were not intended to be taken that way.”

Kennedy’s mother, Anita Guy, told the Herald-Journal that the video was filmed when Kennedy was 12 and taken out of context. She said Kennedy had recreated characters from the movie “The Strangers: Prey at Night.”

“It had nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan, but I know it looks like this. Caleb doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. He loves everyone and has friends of all races,” said Guy.

In his position, Kennedy said, “I was younger and didn’t think about the actions, but that’s no excuse. I want to say sorry to all my fans and everyone I have abandoned. “