Ryan Murphy Responds to Criticism: "I Was the Anti-Christ"

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Because I don’t have a lot of time, do I appear gruff and taciturn? Probably. After that happens, do I feel badly? One hundred percent of the time.

Ryan Murphy understands his reputation, which was controversial even before the confounding, less-than-ideal way he announced that certain Glee cast members would be graduating after season three.

In a new, revealing interview with Deadline Hollywood, the creator of this Fox hit and the upcoming American Horror Story responds to recent criticism and explains his side of a few stories.

Ryan Murphy

On risky storylines: To me the inspiration and Brad’s inspiration and Ian’s inspiration was always Election which had a really strong student and teacher story which was a satire about ambition. Our version was a little bit more heartfelt about teachers and the arts. But that’s how it started off. We never thought that it would become so popular with younger kids and it wasn’t designed for that... And then they moved it to 8 o’clock which was a risk. They said, 'Keep doing the 9 o’clock show and don’t change what’s working.'

On specific mistakes: I’ve screwed up in hindsight. I admit it... I think the condom demonstration was a road to far. I think showing a kid masturbating was a bridge too far.

Is the show too pop music based? The second season was different from the first season in that it was bigger, bolder, more fantasy, more Top 40 hits. You write what you’re feeling when you’re feeling it and I wanted the show to expand and it did. For all the criticisms, tribute episodes are the most popular episodes.

On reaction to the firing debacle: Twitter was bad. I was for a solid week the Anti-Christ. 'What an asshole. He’s a dick. He doesn’t take care of his actors. He doesn’t respect his actors.' It became a rash of bad publicity that all of us sort of had to endure. The thing that hurt me the most was to open up a website and see a headline that says, 'Lea Michele fired. Chris Colfer fired.' That would never happen. And I felt badly for them and I reached out to them.

For a lot more from Murphy, including insight into Sue's season three storyline, read the complete interview now.

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@tyluv3 - We still don't have the whole story (and if you read all of his 2 part interview, Ryan acknowledges he said the wrong things at times -- but, yes, give him credit for his explanations for why/what he said, even if, as he said, he spoke without thinking/considering). I think his answer to a question/comment that the actors on Nip/Tuck said, with regard to the network executives, that "he was out of control." Ryan answered: "My vision was to keep pushing the boundary. And at a certain point it is the network's job to say, 'You can't do that ...'" Anyhow, the remaining question is which one or more of the 3 doesn't think television is for them and doesn't want to do a spin-off ... and did that person intentionally peevishly start this trouble?? I love Lea and hope she's not the one, although maybe she wants to go back to Broadway, where she likely has an even better chance of getting another starring vehicle than before Glee. Or maybe it's Chris Colfer who went from high school musicals to Glee -- and maybe doesn't like TV and wants to get to the stage, which he certainly would have a good shot for now after Glee. I can't believe it's Cory Monteith because he's an actor pushing 30 and this is his first break. I sure can't see him singing or getting a starring role in a play. Hope it comes out, though!


I bet you all feel bad about being ignorant and naive and just plain disrecpectful. Honestly guys, get the whole story before you go off at the mouth.

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You know, a great big fat person once stood on this stage and told a group of a dozen or so nerds in hideous disco outfits that glee, by its very definition, is about opening yourself up to joy. Now it's no secret that for a long time I thought that was a load of hooey. As far as I could see the glee club was nothing but a place where a bunch of cowardly losers go to sing their troubles away and delude themselves into thinking that they live in a world that cares one iota about their hopes and dreams, totally divorced from the harsh reality that in the real world there's not much more to hope for than disappointment, heartbreak, and failure. And you know what. I was exactly right. Thats exactly what glee club is. But I was wrong about the cowardly part. What I finally realized, now that I'm well into my late thirties, it takes a lot of bravery to look around you and see the world not as it is but as it should be. A world where the quarterback becomes best friends with the gay kid, and the girl with the big nose ends up on Broadway. Finding the courage to open up your heart and sing about it. That's what glee club is. And for the longest time I thought that was silly, and now I think it's just about the bravest thing that anyone could do.


[to Finn] You know, I don't really know what's going to happen between us, but I know that you used to be the guy that would make me feel like the most special girl in the whole world, and it doesn't feel that way anymore. Now it just feels sad and confusing. And the worst part is that it doesn't even feel that bad anymore.