Glee Guru Ryan Murphy Apologizes for Kings of Leon Tirade

Showrunner for the hit program says he wishes he had expressed himself differently when the band refused to have one of their songs used on the popular TV series

By Peter Gicas Apr 05, 2011 3:51 PMTags
Glee Cast, Ryan Murphy, Kings of LeonAP Photo/Matt J. Terrill; Sony

It looks like Ryan Murphy is changing his tune.

In the wake of all the negative attention the show's creator got after he lashed out at Kings of Leon for the band's decision not to have their song "Use Somebody" performed on his hit series Glee, Murphy is now regretting the comments he made.

"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.," he tells the  Hollywood Reporter. "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."

In fact, Murphy recalls how Björk recently rejected him, but insists he holds no ill feelings towards her.

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

And it seems he's still dealing with the fallout from his KOL tirade. At the recent SXSW Festival, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters took a moment to label Murphy "a f--king jerk" for "thinking anybody and everybody should want to do Glee."

"I've never felt that if you don't give Glee your music, there's something diabolical about you," says Murphy when the subject of Grohl's comments came up. "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."

Yeah, good luck with that.