‘American Idol’ finalist Caleb Kennedy exits show after controversial video surfaces

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American Idol finalist Caleb Kennedy is no longer part of the ABC series.

The 16-year-old, who had made it to season 19’s Top 5, has exited the competition after a video surfaced of him alongside a person dressed in what appeared to be a Ku Klux Klan hood, reported TMZ.

Kennedy revealed the news to his fans by sharing a message on social media on Wednesday.

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