Kid Rock was ousted as Grand Marshal of the 65th Christmas Parade in Nashville after using an expletive to describe "The View" co-host, Joy Behar, on national television. The organizers replaced him at the Saturday event, while Behar responded to the singer with a cheeky invitation.
Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, made these comments in an interview Friday on Fox & Friends about his new restaurant in Nashville. When asked how he thought President Trump would do, Ritchie condemned what he described as a division in the country due to hypersensitivity, adding, "We can disagree all by remaining cordial to each other ".
"May God forbid you to say anything that is a little wrong; you are racist, homophobic, islamophobic, that and the other. People need to calm down, become a little less politically correct and, I would say, love everyone. "
But he has not finished.
"Except, I would say that what Joy Behar b —- – will see, except that," he added.
"You can not say that," said Fox News host Steve Doocy, who immediately apologized for the remark on Ritchie's behalf.
Behar criticized Ritchie's visit to the White House last year with Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent, calling it "the saddest day in the history of the White House since the British l & rsquo; Burned on the ground in 1814. "
"I mean, lady," Rock said, correcting himself.
The reaction of his comments was swift, which led the organizers of Saturday's Christmas Parade in Nashville to rethink their decision to name Ritchie the Grand Marshal.
The parade has been a Tennessee tradition since 1927, according to the event's website. Conway Twitty and Kelly Clarkson are among the former grand marshals.
Nashville Mayor David Briley was "inclined not to participate" if Ritchie remained the grand marshal, his spokesman told Tennessean.
"When you have the grand marshal of what is called a Christmas parade in Nashville and who says odious things on national television, the mayor obviously does not want to be included in an event with someone like that," he said. said spokesman Thomas Mulgrew at the Associated Press.
Member of the Nashville Subway Council and Davidson County Council Freddie O'Connell sharing the same feelings, writing on Twitter that he did not plan to attend the parade, adding that Rock "does not conjure up the spirit of Christmas nor the inclusivity that, in my opinion, only represents the best of Nashville ".
In a statement released Friday afternoon by the Tennessean, organizers and sponsors of the parade announced that they were seeking to replace Ritchie by James Shaw Jr., who was celebrated as a hero in April after his first appearance. to be disputed with the rifle of a shooter during a shootout on a waffle. House near Nashville.
"The parade organizers believe that the Grand Marshal should personify the spirit of the Nashville community," said the sponsors in a statement. "They invited James Shaw, Jr., who became a community hero after stopping a shootout at a local Waffle House this year, to be honored."
A video posted on Twitter Shaw shows in the grand marshal's tank.
On Saturday, Shaw was joined in the car by relatives of Akilah Dasilva, a musician who was killed during the shooting, according to the Associated Press.
"It's heart-warming to be here with the Dasilva family," Shaw said.
On Friday night, Rock apologized to social media for "uttering insults on live television" – but said he would not come back on his remark.
"Behar was a virulent critic of President Donald Trump and when Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent went to The White House last year, Behar called it" the saddest day of the year. White House history since the British burned it on the ground. "1814," wrote Ritchie on Instagram. "Today, I said," See this Joie Behar b —- ". With the bull, you have the horns. End of the story. "
He added, "I apologized for cursing on live TV. I do not want my feeling, nor do I expect an apology from him or anyone with words chosen for me or who do not like me. God bless America. "
Behar responded to Ritchie's comments on Friday during a segment on "The View".
"All I can say is, this b —- and these b —- es would be happy to have you in the show and take a beer," said Behar, referring to herself and her co-hosts.
Some potential parade participants on Saturday and those who learned the decision because of the national attention she received expressed dissatisfaction with Ritchie's removal from the event's Facebook page.
"I will not participate in the parade because Kid Rock has been deprived of the role of the Grand Marshal," wrote a person Friday night. On Saturday morning, another wrote: "In fact, I'm tired of liberalism in the organization of country music. 1 nasty word and all that it will come off. Really, put on your big boy cowboy boots and let Kid do his thing, we love him!
Reports surfaced Friday night that Rock was planning to run and play his role as grand marshal anyway. Bryan Lewis, Kid Rock's commercial partner's lawyer, Steve Smith, told Variety that the event would be a "lunchtime stalemate."
The Tennessean, however, reports that Kid Rock was not seen at the parade. The organizers of the event did not immediately return an e-mail asking for a comment on Saturday afternoon.
Rock, Saturday morning, confirmed that he was no longer invited to host the parade, reminding fans that the event was more important than him. He wanted a "successful parade".
"Well, it's official. . . My parade was rainy! Rock wrote Saturday morning on Instagram. "But in the end, it's not about me. These are the kids and the great work they do at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Either way, myself, my family and especially my granddaughter, we will enjoy it today. "
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