Kid Rock has tried to explain why he went on a drunken and foul-mouthed rant against Oprah Winfrey last week at his bar in Nashville, Tennessee.
We previously reported that a video obtained by TMZ shows the 48-year-old musician offering vulgar commentary on Oprah at his Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse. He also had choice words for The View co-host Joy Behar and comedian Kathie Lee Gifford.
Kid Rock speaks out on Twitter
Kid Rock took to Twitter on Friday evening to explain to his more than 655,000 Twitter followers that he trash-talked Oprah because of an incident that happened several years ago. He claimed that he wanted to appear on Oprah’s show some years back, but Oprah’s “people” wanted him to first say why “he loved” Oprah before he could be allowed to appear on her talk show.
“My people tried to get me to do The Oprah Winfrey show years ago and her people wanted me to write down 5 reasons why I loved her and her show…” he wrote. “I said f**k that and her. End of story.”
My people tried to get me to do The Oprah Winfrey show years ago and her people wanted me to write down 5 reasons why I loved her and her show…🏳️🌈 I said fuck that and her. End of story.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) November 29, 2019
Twitter users respond
Kid Rock’s attempt to explain himself did not go down well with many Twitter users.
On hours it takes a damn lot to be pulled off stage at a bar Nashville. Yet somehow you managed to accomplish it by being drunk & running your mouth. Oprah’s been living rent free in your head this whole time. Damn! https://t.co/t38VPKh7GY
— Lauren Robertson (@LLRobertson75) November 30, 2019
Mr. Rock, is it? You don’t touch our Oprah. Your problem with alcohol is showing.
— Lauren (@someskirt) November 30, 2019
You need rehab 👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/XQqHSFldR1
— Elizabeth Rydan (@elizabeth_rydan) November 30, 2019
I can't even remember what the guy is famous for… Was he one of the guys who married Pamela Anderson?
— Roots (@WildRootsStudio) November 30, 2019
Right! Oprah ain't thinking about Kid Rock , she is busy counting her paper and he is trying desperately to be relevant in a bar and he couldn't even manage that. He is pathetic and so is everyone patting him on the back.
— captainsunshine05 (@captainsun05) November 30, 2019
However, a few Twitter users appeared to approve of Kid Rock’s behavior. Some attacked Oprah based on Rock’s allegation that “her people” wanted him to “write down five reasons why” he loved Oprah.
Love how you stand up for what you believe in ❤️
— Tammy (@TammyLane755) November 29, 2019
Haha! Why? She is a punk. Trying to get a big tax write off & throw cars at poor people that caused them to lose assistance? Or how she got Gail into the biz while some us knew it was her woman? or being engaged to a ghost man for 30 years 😂 nothing…..?
— ginnyG (@ginnygf) November 29, 2019
Just proves she is full of herself, and needs “YES” people to surround her and feed her ego. I am not a member of the church of Oprah.
— DonnaKay (@DonnaKa58706037) November 30, 2019
Many in the audience at the honky-tonk bar when Rock verbally attacked Oprah also disapproved of his rant against the former talk show host. Although some appeared to cheer, there were also audible boos and disapproving comments from the audience.
Rock appeared unsteady on his feet and an officer eventually had to help him off the stage.
The boos from the crowd were not surprising. Oprah spent part of her childhood in Nashville. She attended East Nashville High School and studied communications at Tennessee State University on a full scholarship. She also started her career in Nashville at a local radio station and worked as a news anchor at a local TV station.
Oprah is popular in Nashville and Sharon Hurt, a local councilwoman, recently proposed renaming the Nashville International Airport after the media mogul.