Apparently “f— you” means something different to Ryan Murphy than it does to most of us, because he has apologized for dissing Kings of Leon back in January, claiming “That’s not what [he] meant” to say after they declined Glee use of the song “Use Somebody.”
“I didn’t speak with as much clarity as I would have liked,” Murphy explained. “Who am I to say, ‘F— you’? That’s not what I meant. I completely understand when artists don’t want a show or another artist to interpret their songs.”
Of course after throwing around the F-bomb and publicly calling a band “Self-centered a–holes,” it’s tricky going back on your words. That’s why it helps to have celebrity diplomat Gwyneth Paltrow working to ease the tension. The Academy Award-winning actress brokered peace between Glee’s co-creator and the Southern rockers via text messages back in February—so this apology isn’t new, it’s just Murphy’s public attempt to clear the air.
Further humbling himself, Murphy also admitted that avant-icon Björk recently turned down Glee as well—although she did consider their request. “She read the scene and didn’t think it was the right fit for her song,” Murphy said. “I told her, ‘That’s completely cool,’ and she said to come back to her down the road. We deal with that every day.”
So according to Murphy, there’s still a chance the Icelandic siren will pop up in Glee—all they have to do is get Michel Gondry to direct an episode and recast a gorilla as the town dentist instead of John Stamos.
What do you think of Murphy’s public apology? Is it too little, too late? Why do you think Kings of Leon refused Glee outright but Björk considered the request? Would you love to see KoL or Björk on Glee, or are you happy that not everyone is so eager to have their songs on the hit high school musical?
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