‘Idol’ Judges Break Their Silence Over Caleb Kennedy’s Sudden Exit: It Was ‘Devastating News’

“Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise, but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol,” Caleb tweeted on May 12. “There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in any way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse.”

Ryan Seacrest with Caleb Kennedy during the top 7 performances. (ABC)

He continued: “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!”

With Caleb out, the top 4 competed for America’s vote. Casey Bishop was sent home at the end of the May 16 episode. Willie Spence, Chayce Beckham, and Grace Kinstler will be competing for the American Idol title during the May 23 finale.