Arthur Gunn finally speaks out on his abrupt departure from Sunday’s American Idol finale. The reason he gives for abruptly leaving behind a duet with Sheryl Crow is murky. But he says that “some personal morals and values due to unpleasant environmental experiences” prompted his sudden departure. Whatever that means. He also invites Sheryl to perform with at at one of his gigs. Uh buddy, she fulfilled her obligation with American Idol, without you. At this point, I doubt that she cares.
Here is his statement posted on Instagram:
Well, let’s just say I missed my opportunity to sing with legendary @sherylcrow . what happened is not much to discuss at this point. I would like to make it up and invite @sherylcrow to perform couple of songs on the July 30th at @thecotillion It was last minute decision but I couldn’t help but say no cause of some personal morals and values due to unpleasant environmental experiences. It’s not necessary to state it, it is what it is, so I felt like I had to move on, It’s not the show @americanidol to blame, they were there long before nor anyone related to show. I’m grateful for @americanidol for have given me this platform and helped me to reach out to you all. sometimes things happens and it happens for a reason I guess. I feel upset about it as much as all you might have, and I’m sorry if I did let down anyone but I felt like all these confrontations didn’t need to happen at the show, so I just had to move on from there, sometimes all we can do is move on!!!
Maybe he had a clash with the band and the musical director, who insisted he perform the songs a certain way. Arthur is notorious for insisting on his own song arrangements. It’s reasonable to assume he would walk away from a musical situation where he did not feel comfortable. But without more details, we’ll never know.
In the meantime, the photo taken with Sheryl on Sunday afternoon is gone off of American Idol’s Instagram. And as we reported earlier, Arthur is no longer listed as part of the Live with Kelly & Ryan American Idol Encore contest. Arthur’s departure from the finale was abrupt and very last minute. According to reports, replacement Graham DeFranco was literally pulled out of the finale audience to take Arthur’s place!
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Even as Arthur left the show high and dry, he did get three appearances on the Idol stage, and a new single, “Save Me Now” out of the experience. Maybe he could have suffered through what he considered personal indignities to compete his part of the original bargain.
That Comeback twist really worked out for everybody, didn’t it? (Denote the sarcasm)