Glee creator Ryan Murphy has apologized for attacking the Kings of Leon for declining to license their song “Use Somebody” for an episode of the popular television series. Back in January, the producer called the band “self-centered assholes” and suggested that they were not supportive of arts education.
“I didn’t speak with as much clarity as I would have liked,” Murphy told the Hollywood Reporter on Friday. “Who am I to say ‘Fuck you?’ That’s not what I meant. 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’ve don’t fight it or even go back after a rejection.”
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Murphy seemed especially shaken by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl’s recent comments in support of Kings of Leon in this situation. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Grohl said “Fuck that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to do Glee.” Murphy, a Foo Fighters fan, countered that claim by insisting “I’ve never felt that if you don’t give Glee your music, there’s something diabolical about you.”