Ryan Murphy of ‘Glee’ apologizes for using f-bombs, says Kings of Leon are ‘cool’


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‘Glee’ creator Ryan Murphy has made his version of an apology to the Kings of Leon and the Foo Fighters after the bands wouldn’t allow their music to be used on the hit show.

‘I didn’t speak with as much clarity as I would have liked,’ Murphy told the Hollywood Reporter, referring to his expletive-peppered comments about the bands in January.


Let’s just say he, like the Kings of Leon, was being a poor sport.

‘I completely understand when artists don’t want a show or another artist to interpret their songs. In fact, I respect it,’ he added. ‘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.’

Slash and singer Bjork also passed on having their music on the show.

After Murphy’s initial comments, Kings of Leon member Nathan Followill shot back at him to ‘buy a new bra’ and get over it. Critics deemed the language homophobic.

It’s been said that Gwyneth Paltrow, a ‘Glee’ guest star and Murphy’s pal, may have brokered peace talks through a series of text messages.

But the brouhaha prompted other musicians to speak out against the show and seemingly grow protective of their music, including Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who backed Kings of Leon. ‘It’s every band’s right, you shouldn’t have to do ... ‘Glee,’ ‘ Grohl said. ‘And then the guy who created ‘Glee’ is so offended that we’re not, like, begging to be on his ... show.’ Grohl also dismissed the notion that ‘anybody and everybody should want to do ‘Glee,’ ‘ though he did it with much more colorful language.

In response to Grohl’s words from last month, Murphy said, ‘I’ve never felt that if you don’t give ‘Glee’ your music, there’s something diabolical about you. ... I support artists and what they choose to do... I think Kings of Leon are cool... The Foo Fighters are brilliant. We’d love to do one if their songs, if they were ever interested. But if it’s not their thing, then OK. I personally wish them luck will still listen to their music.’


Murphy said he learned not spew f-bombs in the media. And is sticking it to the bands by creating original music for the show while still sampling from other Gleeky artists.

So, is all quiet on the musical front? Not quite. Even Elton John spoke out on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ against the anti-’Glee’ bands.

‘What the hell is wrong with you guys? ‘Oh, we don’t want our music played.’ Well, Kings of Leon, lighten up. ... Listen, when someone wants to do your song, it’s a compliment.’

So there.

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Top photo: Ryan Murphy and the cast of ‘Glee’ at the Golden Globe Awards. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times. Bottom photo: The Kings of Leon at Grammy Awards at the Staples Center. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images