Glee creator Ryan Murphy has some harsh words for Kings of Leon after the Grammy Award-winning band snubbed a proposed musical tribute on the ratings-winning musical-comedy last year.
In August, Kings of Leon star Jared Followill revealed that the band had turned down the chance for their songs to appear on Ugly Betty and Glee because they were concerned about perceived as “sell-outs.”
Those candid remarks have been met with displeasure from Murphy, who used some very colorful language to describe his anger over Followill’s remarks annoyed him.
“Fuck you, Kings of Leon,” Murphy bellowed during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter this week. “They’re self-centred assholes, and they missed the big picture. They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument. It’s like, OK, hate on arts education. You can make fun of Glee all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music.”
Murphy was also irritated by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash’s recent claim that Glee — which won a Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy earlier this month — is “worse than Grease.”
“Usually I find that people who make those comments, their careers are over – they’re uneducated and stupid,” Murphy retorted.
Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill is floored that the band’s simply refusal to allow the show use their songs has infuriated Murphy to such an extent.
“This whole Glee thing is a shock to us,” he says. “It’s gotten out of hand. At the time of the request, we hadn’t even seen the show. It came at the end of that record cycle and we were over promoting [‘Use Somebody’]. This was never meant as a slap in the face to Glee or to music education or to fans of the show. We’re not sure where the anger is coming from.”
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Kings of Leon and Slash aren’t the only musicians who want nothing to do with Glee. Coldplay also initially turned down a musical tribute on the show, but have since reconsidered their stance.