"Glee" Creator Slams Kings of Leon

By Michael Preston
|  Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011  |  Updated 6:47 AM EDT
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Almost everyone seems to love Fox's hit musical series, Glee. Celebrities from Anne Hathaway to Gwyneth Paltrow to Paul McCartney have clamored to be involved with the show in one way or another.

Everyone, that is, except the Kings of Leon.

The swaggering Southern rockers balked last year at the opportunity to have the Glee cast cover their songs, saying that doing so would be tantamount to "selling out."

But now the show's creator is lashing out at the band, reports New York.

"#$%# you, Kings of Leon," Glee's Ryan Murphy said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. "They're self-centered a%$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 frontman Caleb Followill was floored by Murphy's harsh remarks.

"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 seen the show. It came at the end of that record cycle, as we were over promoting ["Use Somebody"]. This was never meant as a slap in the face of Glee or to music eduction or to fans of the show. We're not sure where the anger is coming from."

Selected Reading: New York, Hollywood Reporter, E! Online

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