'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy responds to Kings of Leon diss
History shows that bands who turn down "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy usually come to regret their decision. Case in point, Coldplay turned down an opportunity to have their songs appear Glee, but were later forced to issue an apology to show creator Ryan Murphy after finally watching the show and seeing it become a success.
In fact, Coldplay front man Chris Martin's wife, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, appeared on an episode of the show this season and will reprise her character for two more episodes.
So what does Murphy have to say to Kings of Leon, whose bassist admitted in August they turned down the show's request to feature their hit single "Use Somebody" in an episode?
After telling The Hollywood Reporter a few expletives, Murphy said, "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."
He adds, "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."
The industry paper got in touch with Kings of Leon front man Caleb Followill for a response. He said, "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." Follow clarified the rejection saying, "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."
Despite the rejection, Murphy assures that the paper he has enough talent asking for roles in the show, like Stevie Nicks and Jennifer Lopez.
It was also recently announced that actress Anne Hathaway has signed on for an episode of the show to play Kurt's lesbian aunt.