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‘American Idol’ judges break silence on Caleb Kennedy’s abrupt exit

told People magazine that the decision to remove him from the competition “had to be made and we move on,” while also recognizing the 16-year-old singer’s talent.“A lot of times, we think about it, we grow up and we make mistakes and we look at our life behind us many times and we say, ‘God, what was I thinking about when I did that?’ ” Richie said of the young singer, who left the program when a video surfaced depicting him next to someone wearing what appeared to be a Ku Klux Klan hood.

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told People magazine that the decision to remove him from the competition “had to be made and we move on,” while also recognizing the 16-year-old singer’s talent.“A lot of times, we think about it, we grow up and we make mistakes and we look at our life behind us many times and we say, ‘God, what was I thinking about when I did that?’ ” Richie said of the young singer, who left the program when a video surfaced depicting him next to someone wearing what appeared to be a Ku Klux Klan hood.
returned on Sunday with the show's Top 4, who sang their hearts out in an effort to make it to this season's finals. The episode was supposed to feature the Top 5, but Caleb Kennedy was forced to exit the show last week when a controversial video resurfaced.ET's Lauren Zima spoke with judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan about Sunday's big episode, and Kennedy's shocking departure.«Well losing great talent is always [hard]... this is our class. This is the class of 2021.

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