Haitian-American hip hop star Wyclef Jean was yesterday ousted out of the Haitian presidential campaign because he did not meet the Caribbean country constitutional requirements.

Within a few seconds at a hastily called news conference Friday night, Jean was barred from running for president in Haiti, presumably because he didn’t meet the residency requirements.

The 40-year-old singer-songwriter says he will stay involved, though in “a different role than I had anticipated it to be,” according to his statement Friday.

Clef returned to the United States today with his family.