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Glee's Ryan Murphy Lashes Out at Kings of Leon

Glee's Ryan Murphy Lashes Out at Kings of Leon

Glee stars Chris Colfer, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch join creator Ryan Murphy and 20th Century Fox Television chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter‘s current issue, on newsstands Thursday.

Ryan chatted about the business side of the hit show and dished on why fans will never hear songs from certain artists.

Here’s what he had to share with the mag:

On Eminem: “We went after ‘Lose Yourself,’ and it was jaw droppingly expensive. Around $200,000. We couldn’t
do it because the episode would’ve been so over budget.”

On Kings of Leon, who famously rejected Glee: “F— you, Kings of Leon. 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.”

(FYI: KOL released this statement to THR: “This whole Glee thing is a shock to us. It’s gotten out of hand. At the time of the request, we hadn’t even see 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.”)

Ryan also shared he’s trying to write in Jennifer Lopez and Stevie Nicks for some future episodes!

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  • ABC

    Way out of line. Tsk.

  • Reba

    Agreed. Ryan Murphy needs to cool it. Artists should have the right to say who they want to lend their music to and not. It’s not like Glee hasn’t already been able to use so many other songs! Just move without making such rude statements.

  • commonsense

    Ryan Murphy is starting to believe his own hype! Kings of Leon have the right to do what they want with their songs; it their lyrics, their music. Some people just don’t want their hard work bastardized.

    It’s bad form that he’s now trying to shame/embrass Kings of Leon in public.

  • David

    KOL not wanting their song used isn’t “hating on arts education”. Ryan Murphy sounds like the self centred a–hole.

  • http://snicker prairie pig

    not necessary

  • ABC

    Yup. Ryan Murphy sounds like he can make or break an artist… Umm, no? And a 7-year old watching Glee? Isn’t that way too young to be watching about teen pregnancy and bullying?

  • Kaz simply Amaazzing !!!!!!!!

    Oh no….is that true….???

  • nina

    srsly Murphy? when artostsd don’t wanna go to yur shoe they’re assh_les?I can’t wait for Glee to cool off&f_ck off!

  • MllleF

    Stupid man ! Who is the self sentered a. hole here ??

    They are artists you morron !!
    An artist is not a prostitute, they can do whatever they want with their art.

    I , just heard about Glee like everyday, without seeing it.
    Now you’re sure I don’t even want to try to see it !

    Here’s what you just did !

    Try to say the same thing to Slash who thinks even worst things about Glee, just try if you’re a man !

    So stupid, he can’t even imagine that maybe the Kings Of Leon are not running after albums sellings, particulary with little kids.

    F.U.C.K Y.O.U too !

  • Danielle

    …I don’t know…it depends on what they said at the beginning(how they declined the request)…but Ryan shouldn’t have said that anyways.

  • smr

    make a spice girls special!!!

  • LD

    Forget the fact that 7year olds shouldn’t even be watch that over hyped trash now refusing the “Great” Ryan Murphy means you hate children and the arts? I’m not even a fan of KOL but good for them for saying no to that egomaniac. Murphy better watch cause Glee isn’t always gonna have the medias pushing it as the”hottest hit show” just look at Ugly Betty,The O.C., and Gossip Girl.

  • Kaz simply Amaazzing !!!!!!!!

    Oh no…is that true….??

  • blair

    Get over yourself, this just makes you and Glee look bad.

  • latam

    idiot. they said no, they have every right to. Ryan murphy is an idiot.

  • MllleF

    By the way, I give him a week before he apologizes like a coward !

  • http://Tj Sligo ^_^ cute

    They want try to scream

  • Maha

    I was kinda surprised by Ryan’s statement, but I do remember KOL downplayed Glee when they refused to giveout their music.
    Glee takes some great songs and re-introduces them to a younger generation that needs good music to believe in, rather than go after Bieber and Miley trash. It would have done no-one any harm to have had some awesome KOL songs on Glee– instead, it would’ve made their songs popular amongst a younger generation that relates to Glee so well.
    Oh, and for those thinking Ryan believes his own hype– if you read the whole THR article, you’ll realise he knows as much as anyone else that where there are highs, there are lows, too. He’s just bitter that KOL let down Glee so rudely.

  • http://Tj Sligo ^_^ cute

    They want to be thriller

  • Kaz simply Amaazzing !!!!!!!!


  • http://Tj Sligo ^_^ cute

    Yeah this song thriller nice

  • shaniatwain

    Ryan Murphy, this really applies more to you than to anybody else you “self-centered asshole, who missed the big picture”.
    No ones life revolves around Glee, unlike yours.

  • Jas

    Ooops, Ryan Murphy definitely overreacted here.
    But we have to admit that KOL weren’t exactly polite themselves when they bashed Glee a few months ago.

    Everybody should just take a deep breath and cool off a little before this ego clash hurts somebody.

    Both KOL as well as RM are doing a great job respectively, so no need to get too involved or worked up about it as a viewer/fan, no matter which side you’re on.

    I’ll just go enjoy both like I did before.

  • Kaz simply Amaazzing !!!!!!!!

    Oh really?!…

  • http://Tj Sligo ^_^ cute

    Some one here start to freeze

  • latam

    the KoL statement is brilliant, especially the last line, the whole thing is a bit “erm, who are you?”

  • http://snicker prairie pig

    twisted knickers much?

  • Maha

    “Try to say the same thing to Slash who thinks even worst things about Glee, just try if you’re a man !”
    Tch. Slash is an amazing artist, but I think he’s an idiot as a person. Just because you’re talented and respected with that talent doesn’t mean you’re automatically smart.

    “So stupid, he can’t even imagine that maybe the Kings Of Leon are not running after albums sellings, particulary with little kids.”
    As I said in my comment, this is not about KOL.
    This show is about emphasizing arts education, and where it stands today, and how much it needs a boost. Kids *need* better music to connect to. Having Glee, a show they relate to, cover artists which are so respected, would help them and give them a better choice than the Bieber/Mily/Ke$ha trash that’s unfortunately so popular these days.

  • Kaz simply Amaazzing !!!!!!!!

    Yeah baby

  • Maha

    They certainly seemed to know exactly what Glee was when they bashedly turned it down last time. Funny to see them respond so coolly now, as if they not only refused the request but also publicly play Glee down.
    If I respond to a request rudely in public, I’d surely “know where the anger is coming from”. Amnesia is a funny thing…

  • Kaz simply Amaazzing !!!!!!!!

    yeah baby that’s true

  • anna

    Ryan Murphy is an egotistical douchebag.

  • Alias

    Who gives a fk about Kings of Leon! Like all of today’s music, they suk, I feel sorry for the teenage punks who have to grow up listen to this sh1t!!! LMFAO!!!

  • Kaz simply Amaazzing !!!!!!!!

    MMM SO..,

  • liz

    Kol should not be associated to glee .

  • latam


    they turned it down how was it rude? they are a band and they didnt want to sell out, I fail to see the problem and like them fail to see where the anger is coming from.

    When has glee ever been educating children about the arts anyway? Ryan murphy is self important and has an entitlement problem, thats just how it is.

  • Arica

    so true….+10 to @David

  • Marie

    Funny how they are saying now that Glee is helping to educate 7-year olds about the arts when not so long ago the female “stars” did a teen porn spread ( ….. her legs opened wide in white panties; sucking a lollipop) and defended it by saying kids shouldn’t be watching the show anyway!

    We have allowed entertainment standards to drop and allowing no-talent persons to become stars/celebrities. Really, really sad!

  • Maha

    @latam: Honey, their turning it down was fine. They have every right to. But turning it down and then bashing Glee in public media? Not a cool way to do it.

  • yeah right

    @Maha: why not? Glee`s a shit and everybody knows it anyway. just stating the obvious.

  • This guy’s a douchebag. Glee’s a retarded show and anyone who has their music on there puts way too much emphasis on money and fails to have any self-respect. I know I’m in the minority here, but good grief what the hell is wrong with society. Cancel this sh*t. If you want ugly people singing off-key covers of hit songs, go to Youtube!

  • Jasmine

    @Marie: Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  • ModestMouse

    Ryan Murphy is a loser and Glee is actually a horrible show. Very generic and the writing and acting can be atrocious at times (I’m looking at you, Amber Riley). It was supposed to be a satire, but somewhere along the way that got lost.

  • latam


    they never bashed glee what are u on about

  • Annie

    What an asshole! Maybe they don’t feel like lending/selling their songs in general, as a principle. Or maybe they simply don’t like his show and didn’t want to have anything to do with it. I know I don’t like Glee.

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o L

    …fcuk kings of leon. `they don’t want their music geeked up on glee, so what?!? …they’re fcuking nobodies. there’s better music by better artist out there.
    …thumbs up to all the artist that signed off on having their music played on the show.

  • arty

    Glee takes itself way too seriously, preaches too much, and has horrible storylines and character development. It was a strong show the first couple of episodes, but hasn’t been and every week almost, the glee club has been in danger and it’s just a tired premise. It doesn’t teach about arts education, it preaches only one side of certain issues that RM wants to push. It’s a weak show that’s run by hype. I have to fast forward to the songs when I catch it on tv and lately, I don’t want to do that anymore because they are starting to pick trashy songs.
    As for KOL, not only do they have a right to say no, they have a right to diss Glee (if that happened) if they want to. Not everyone has to like the show and not everyone does.

  • bmac

    yeah i see no reason why a 7 year old shouldn’t be singing sex on fire. glee is after all, only about music education for children..that’s why they donate all of the money to music education for children..wait they don’t do that?

  • me0007

    but he’s forgetting that getting your kids to watch GLEE will also make them nerdy and lame.

    he’s right about one thing, the show is for 7-year-olds.

  • J

    I hate this freaking show. I watched it three times before and those are
    Three hours I will never get back! The acting is atrocious. I dont understand how this show wins all these awards . I felt stupid watching it cause the acting is so bad and the sory lines are horrible.

    Good for kol and I dont see eminem giving the rights to his songs to glee either. I actually see him bashing this show in his next album.