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Glee Creator Backtracks on Criticism of Kings of Leon
Glee creator Ryan Murphy regrets starting a war of words with Kings Of Leon after the band refused to allow his show to use their music. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published earlier this year, Murphy said, "F**k you, Kings of Leon," and called them "self-centered a**holes" for declining to allow the hit Fox show to use their music. Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill later struck back with his own profane message on Twitter directed at Murphy.
In further comments to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, Murphy offered a mea culpa: "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." Murphy said he's exchanged text messages and emails with the Kings of Leon's Followill brothers in an apparent attempt to smooth things over.
Murphy was also taken aback when Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl more recently stood up for Kings of Leon, saying, "F**k that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to do Glee." Murphy says, "I've never felt that if you don't give Glee your music, there's something diabolical about you."
To prove that he's OK with an artist rejecting his show, Murphy cited a recent request to use a Bjork song that was rejected by the singer.
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