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glee + kings of leon = fight, fight, fight!

January 26, 2011

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.”)

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