McPhee was interviewed by an intern named Ally on Hot 99.5â€™s The Kane Morning Show. The interview was supposed to be in the studio and the station had agreed that McPhee wouldnâ€™t be asked any personal questions.
But McPhee didnâ€™t show up at the studio â€” handlers explained that her flight had been delayed â€” and one of the first questions the intern asked the 23-year-old singer was about her 42-year-old boyfriend. The intern asked if having a boyfriend who was so much older hurt or helped the relationship.
An obviously irritated McPhee said she didnâ€™t want to discuss her private life and the interview went downhill from there.
Angry fans deluged Kane with hate mail. â€œMaybe she should have been nicer and been live as she promised,â€ Kane replied to some of them.
The angry calls and e-mails kept coming, and Kane shot back a lengthy response at those backing this finalist from season five of American Idol.
â€œIâ€™m getting increasingly frustrated by e-mails from McPhee fans that donâ€™t know the whole story and are writing me angry e-mails,â€ Kane wrote to them, scolding, â€œIt makes Kat look bad when ever other word in your e-mail about how you thought we didnâ€™t handle the interview professionally starts with an f---.â€
He went on to describe in detail a scenario in which he said McPhee was pitched to the radio show on the condition that she appear live, that the appearance be pre-promoted, and that there would be no personal questions. He also challenged the excuses he was given for her failing to appear live â€” pointing out, for example, that the flights from L.A. to Washington werenâ€™t delayed that morning.
â€œSlam us, go-head,â€ Kane wrote. â€œWe agreed to have her on; we followed the rules. They didnâ€™t tell the truth. Kat could have had a little more fun with Ally. She could have said, â€˜You guys know youâ€™re not supposed to ask me personal questions. Whatâ€™s wrong with you?â€™ Rather, she just got mad.â€