Kid Rock is fired from his role as a grand marshal of the Nashville Christmas Parade Friday night, following a morning appearance on "Fox & Friends" in which he called Joy Behar a "b-h." But associates are insisting he still
Bryan Lewis, the attorney for Steve Smith, Kid Rock's business partner and "best friend," told Variety Friday night that the controversial performer was planning on showing up and fulfilling his duty as grand marshal Saturday morning. James Shaw Jr., aka "The Waffle House Hero," to be grand marshal in his stead.
Kid Rock "wants to show up and try to play as grand marshal tomorrow, "Declared Lewis. But if a local hero, Shaw, has never heard of this in his stead, who should Nashville expect to actually head up the parade?
"My best analogy is it a standoff at high noon," Lewis said , Given the early, frigid start time for Saturday's festivities, he corrects himself: "I guess it'll be a standoff at 8 am"
Lewis said his client, Smith, has given $ 250,000 a year annually to the city for the parade for the past two years, since Piedmont pulled out as a majority sponsor. "It's like stockholders in a corporation," Lewis said. "Mr. Smith owns 95 percent of the stock. Mr. Smith and a unilateral decision to exclude Kid Rock from the parade. It is our belief that, as the major contributor, Mr. Smith has the right to name the grand marshal of the parade. "
Smith is the owner of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge and several other bars at Nashville's tourist-oriented Lower Broad District – and, with his celebrity friend, he's co-owner of a brand new nightspot, Kid Rock's Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N ' Roll Steakhouse. Steve Doocy.
Blurted the singer on Fox, "God forbid you say something a little bit wrong, you're racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, this and another. I would say, 'love everybody,' except I'd say, screw that Joy Behar b-h '.' "
The resulting firestorm led Mayor David Briley's office to issue a statement: "If Kid Rock is still the grand marshal tomorrow, the mayor is not in attendance." Councilman Freddie O'Connell So what stayed among those vowing to skip the parade if Kid Rock.
An announcement that he was out late in the day Friday. James Shaw, Jr., who became a community hero after a shooting session at a local Waffle House earlier this year, was honored, "organizers said
Lewis told Variety that Smith is looking at filing a lawsuit, saying, "We're doing our due diligence on a potential legal action against Tennessee Holiday Productions The decision today to exclude Kid Rock. "
Kid Rock was unapologetic – except for the live cussing part – earlier Friday, saying in a statement," Behar has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, and when, Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent visited the White House last year, behar called it 'the saddest day in the history of the White House since the British burned it to the ground in 1814.' Today I said 'Screw That Joy Behar b-h 'Mess with the bull, you get the horns. End of story. I apologize for cursing on live TV, I do not want for my sentiment nor do I expect an apology from her or anyone else who has any words for me or does not like me. God Bless America. "