Foo Fighters rocker Dave Grohl reiterated his lack of interest in participating in the musical TV series “Glee” during a Wednesday “Chelsea Lately” appearance.
Speaking to host Chelsea Handler, Grohl addressed the conflict he encountered earlier this year when he said it’s “every band’s right … [not to] have to do fucking ‘Glee'” or give the teen program permission to perform his songs.
“I read somewhere that the creator of ‘Glee,’ who I never met — and I’ve really only watched three minutes of the show, I don’t really watch TV — I read something where he was kind of mouthing off about some friends of mine in rock bands,” Grohl told Handler. “And I just felt like, you know, as a musician, you should be able to say no, should be able to say ‘I don’t want to do your show,’ you should be able to say ‘I don’t want to do anything that anyone tells me to do.'”
Grohl, who defended the band Kings of Leon for opting not to have their music played on “Glee” this year, referenced his March comments about seeing no reason to let the TV show cover his tunes.
“I was doing an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. I didn’t realize it was some TV Hollywood thing — I was talking to some dude and I said ‘fuck Glee. Why should you have to do it?'” Grohl told Handler. “Why is that necessary for you to have to do, as a rock musician, why should you have to say, ‘okay Glee, take my song and turn it into a fucking musical’?”
In January, “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy lashed out at Kings of Leon for denying the show rights to perform its songs.
“Fuck you, Kings of Leon,” Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter. “They’re self-centered assholes, 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.”
Grohl’s response was equally rabid, firing back through The Hollywood Reporter, “The Glee guy, what a fucking jerk … [I]t’s just like, Dude, maybe not everyone loves Glee. Me included.”
Watch: Grohl justifies passing on “Glee”