Elton John to Kings of Leon on Glee debate: “Lighten up, you assholes”

The host asked John about his thoughts on his music being covered by others, like during American Idol’s Elton night. The artist said he felt flatted and then addressed the debate created by bands that declined Glee’s offer to feature their songs.

“There’s a big debate going on about the Glee thing at the moment,” the Grammy-winning singer said. “A lot of bands say they don’t want their stuff on Glee. It’s like, ‘Lighten up, you assholes’. This is a compliment; also it sends a positive message out.“

John said “two or three of those bands” were not worthy for the show, but he also expressed disappointment in Kings of Leon, who sparked a nasty public feud with Glee creator, Ryan Murphy.

“Kings of Leon, yeah … lighten up guys, c’mon … Listen, when someone wants to do your song, it’s a compliment.”

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