Glee Creator Ryan Murphy: "F--k You, Kings of Leon"

"It's gotten out of hand," Kings frontman Caleb Followill replies after Murphy lashes out at the band for refusing to lend music to the show

By Natalie Finn Jan 26, 2011 6:00 AMTags
Glee Cast, Ryan Murphy, Kings of LeonAP Photo/Matt J. Terrill; Sony

Well, fine, Ryan Murphy doesn't want to use someone like you, either. Nyah-nyah!

The Glee creator, in acknowledging all of the big stars just dying to be on the Golden Globe-winning series or have their music adapted for the show, made a special point of singling out the more reluctant Kings of Leon in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

"F--k you, Kings of Leon," Murphy said. "They're self-centered assholes and they missed the big picture."

And it doesn't get any bigger than Glee, apparently...

"They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song," Murphy continued, "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."

Meanwhile, Kings frontman Caleb Followill says he certainly didn't mean to be the Sue Sylvester of rock.

"This whole Glee thing is a shock to us," he told THR in response to Murphy's diatribe. "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."

What Followill said last summer, after the band was approached about licensing "Use Somebody," was that "apparently everybody loves [Glee]," but no can do. He also made a comment about selling out, but by then he was talking about turning down an offer for a movie trailer, and then saying no to Ugly Betty.

"Usually I find that people who make those comments, their careers are over; they're uneducated and quite stupid," Murphy said, this time referring to Slash, who, unlike Followill, actually did make a crack about Glee, calling it "worse than Grease" as far as licensing went.

Murphy will just have to console himself with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lopez and the other stars who do want to be a part of Glee.

(Originally published Jan. 25, 2011, at 6 p.m. PT)