Not many people have passed up a ride on the money train that is "Glee." The hit Fox show about high school glee-club singers has had episodes featuring the music of Madonna, Britney Spears, Rihanna and Lady Gaga, and the upcoming post-Super Bowl episode will pay homage to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Along the way, the show has also spawned a series of hit albums and racked up millions of downloads.
But there have been some high-profile holdouts, including, most recently, Guns N' Roses and Kings of Leon. Well, creator Ryan Murphy had a thing or two to say about that in a recent cover-story interview with The Hollywood Reporter. After not responding to comments by Kings of Leon last summer that they passed up an offer to have their music on "Glee"
because they didn't want to appear to have "sold out," Murphy finally stopped holding his tongue.
"F--- you, Kings of Leon," Murphy told the magazine, reportedly raising his voice slightly to deliver the barbed response. "They're self-centered a--holes, and they missed the big picture. They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, 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."
Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill was, frankly, a bit surprised at the vehement reaction from Murphy, telling the Reporter in response that he and the band had perfectly justifiable reasons for not participating. "This whole 'Glee' thing is a shock to us," Followill said. "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."
Murphy also unloaded on former GN'R guitarist Slash, who would not license the legendary hard rock band's songs to the show because, he said, " 'Glee' is worse than 'Grease,' and 'Grease' is bad enough."
Murphy, who said he's been approached by everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Stevie Nicks lately, chalked the top-hatted rocker's denial up to what he deemed his current career status. "Usually I find that people who make those comments, their careers are over; they're uneducated and quite stupid," Murphy said of Slash.