‘Glee’ Creator Ryan Murphy Apologizes for Kings of Leon Outburst

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 10:27 pm,

This is what it sounds like when a foot is removed from a mouth: After a round of bad press, producer/writer Ryan Murphy has issued an abrupt about-face regarding his comments toward musicians who refuse to allow their music to be used on his popular FOX program, Glee.

In January, Murphy responded to Kings of Leon and their dismissal of his show’s request to use their song ‘Use Somebody’ by referring to them as “self-centered a**holes” and speculated that any such refusal was tantamount to a slap in the face of arts education.

Recently, however, at SXSW in Austin, TX, the beef seemed to reach epic proportions when Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl stepped in and offered his two cents on Murphy’s comments, and Glee as well. Needless to say, the musician disagreed that an invitation from Murphy was somehow to be followed with a compulsory approval by any band in question.

Things have calmed down a bit, and in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy took back his harsh statements and even went so far as to place the blame squarely upon his shoulders.

“I didn’t speak with as much clarity as I would have liked. Who am I to say ‘F**k you?’ That’s not what I meant. I completely understand when artists don’t want a show or another artist to interpret their songs. In fact, I respect it. It’s their personal work and I’d feel the same way. We get turned down all the time and I don’t fight it or even go back after a rejection.”


“I’ve never felt that if you don’t give Glee your music, there’s something diabolical about you. To the contrary: I support artists and what they choose to do…I think Kings of Leon are cool as s**t. The Foo Fighters are brilliant. We’d love to do one their songs, if they were ever interested.”

Is this a sign of a kinder, gentler Ryan Murphy who can take rejection in stride? Apparently, yes. According to Murphy, Icelandic singer/songwriter Bjork recently turned down an offer to have her music featured on the show without any public name-calling.

“She read the scene and didn’t think it was the right fit for her song. I told her, ‘That’s completely cool,’ and she said to come back to her down the road. We deal with that every day.”

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Perhaps it is pure cynicism, but this sudden mea culpa likely has less to do with any sort of realization of wrongdoing, and more to do with quashing further backlash against Murphy or the show. Additionally, with the pilot for his new FX drama American Horror Story on the way, bad press might be seen as a potential deal-breaker, so mending fences is likely in the creator’s best interest. However, give credit where it is due: publicly eating crow like that can’t be easy, but it may go a long way to repairing whatever damage was done to Murphy’s professional image.

While it is unlikely that viewers will be hearing teenage renditions of Foo Fighters or Kings of Leon anytime soon, plenty of bands will be loaning their tunes out to Glee before the current season ends on May 24th.

Glee airs Tuesday nights @ 8 PM on FOX.

Source: E! Online, The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Is he still on board to do that rocky horror remake god i hope not.


    What a d-bag.

  3. Guy’s a dick. The show’s viewing figures dipped so he’s eating crow trying to look like a better person.

  4. never watched the show never will and most of the bands he insulted won’t take his “apology” seriously.

  5. No apology would make this guy any less of a d-bag. I would have much more respect for the show (what little there is) if they characters were writting their own music.

  6. the notion that this crap show would ever be worthy of KOL makes me chuckle

    • agreed. prefer older kings of leon music but still a fan, possibly a bigger fan because they turned down this garbage show. who watches this sh*t!?!?!

  7. The first couple episodes were cute, because it was new and fresh, as ideas go. But yeah, the over the top acting is just bad. The remakes songs are bad.

    Sirius sometimes plays the Glee Cast versions and I always turn that crap off. Bleh.

  8. While Murphy definitely went too far with his Kings of Leon comments, his show is, quite frankly, superb. I didn’t think I’d like it, but I make a habit of checking out any critically acclaimed television show — and wow, yeah, it’s great.

    Perhaps most surprising, is that some of characters are actually amazing singers and actors (having come from award-winning theater and Broadway backgrounds). It was a nice surprise. No one wants to watch a poor-man’s American Idol.

    The best part of the show, however, isn’t even the music — it’s the comedy. It features some of the most compelling and hilarious characters ever to appear on television. It’s definitely over the top, but that’s the kind of comedy it is. And it works tremendously well.

    The first season is available on Netflix streaming. I would definitely give it a try before making any snap judgments. You might be as surprised as I was.

  9. Why the heck is Ryan Murphy messing up American Horror Story??? Was so ready to see what was going to happen next with the cast of characters already in place. Now to find out the next season wont even be about them!! Dont even think I will waste my time watching this season! Disappointed :-((