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"[Expletive] you, Kings of Leon," Murphy added for good measure in THR's cover story - out this week.

(Back in August, the Tennessee rock band's members told a British publication that they routinely turn down offers and requests from Hollywood, including a request from "Glee" to cover one of their tunes, among others. "We could have sold out so much more. We turn stuff down constantly," the band members were quoted as saying.)

So, months later, on the eve of Murphy's show's highly anticipated post-Super Bowl episode, he tells THR: "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, okay, hate on arts education," Murphy continued. "You can make fun of 'Glee' all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music."

Frontman Caleb Followill told THR, "We're not sure where the anger is coming from. We just said 'no' to a license for a TV show, which we do a lot."

Let's recap, shall we?

Kings of Leon decides it doesn't want to let "Glee" cover its tune.

Ryan Murphy decides that anyone who will not let "Glee" cover its tunes hates arts education and is breaking the hearts of 7-year-old children who watch the show. So he must hurl expletives at them. Which some might think is a tad rich, coming from a guy whose show is a role model for millions of 7-year-olds across the country. And, of course, there are those who might call his timing bad-ish, coming, as his comments do, on the eve of "Glee's" triumphant return with original episodes on Fox in a highly anticipated post-Super Bowl episode. You know how sensitive broadcast networks are about who and what they put in and around the Super Bowl, ever since You-Know-What happened.

Apparently several people who read THR's story felt similarly:

"Ryan Murphy is the one acting like a self-centered [expletive]," one commenter noted colorfully.

"Hey Ryan . . . hope you read this . . . Shame on you. You think this attitude is healthy for 7 year olds?" chimed in another.

"Who died and made him [Barbra] Streisand?" wondered yet another.

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