Daughtry performed on Friday as part of the “FOX & Friends” “All-American Summer Concert Series.” After he finished his set, the hosts asked if he would stick around to sing a patriotic song with the audience in honor of D-Day. Here’s what happened:

Many viewers saw Daughtry’s reaction as disrespectful and took to Twitter to share their feelings:

https://twitter.com/Fesman70/status/475034446182494208

https://twitter.com/BillsSabres88/status/475034904515072000

https://twitter.com/Fesman70/status/475135505047498752

But not everyone agreed:

Though viewers may dispute the meaning of Daughtry’s actions, one thing is for sure:

And we are eternally grateful for their bravery. God bless our veterans.

(Hat tip: Jary798)

  • Jefferson Tea Party

    I know I say it all of the time, but.. WHO is he!?

    • Christina

      He was an American Idol contestant a few years back

      • Jefferson Tea Party

        ahhh.. never watch it. Thanks!

    • freeinaz

      More like, who cares who he is.

      • Jefferson Tea Party

        ^Probably a better question

        • Utopia Can Never be Achieved

          Stars like this are in CIO mode. CIO = Career Is Over. It’s probably hard enough to keep on the tour circuit and the guy feels burned out. At some point when he’s no longer recording because nobody is buying his music, he’ll reflect upon these moments and wish he had taken another, more patient approach a the time.

    • pajamakat

      I say it all the time too. I don’t know have the people Twitchy mentions. I almost think that’s good for us. Most of them are losers anyway.

      • Jefferson Tea Party

        ^Truth! I don’t feel like I’m missing out on much. But, dang.. it makes me feel old. :)

      • Jeffrey Harbin

        MSN has a video running right now called 50 Summer Songs in 80 Seconds where they play 1-2 seconds of an “iconic” song from the summer of each year 2013 back to 1963. I didn’t recognize a single one from 2013 until 1996, and that one was the Macarena song. I am getting seriously old.

    • AmericanMom

      Millions of American have veterans in their families and millions more awesomely respect what veterans have risked for the safety and security of this nation and other nations (as assigned). This guy is yesterday’s news and so should be his career.

      • Jennifer Lucia

        Chris Daughtry plays for the U.S military all the time. He was simply caught off guard and asked to do something in the spur of the moment without preparation in front of a live audience. Stop taking it so personally

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    The good news for him is that the Democrat Party will probably run him for Congress somewhere.

    • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

      The bad news is that it’s somewhere in Texas.

  • amyshulk

    Probably didn’t know the words and/or hadn’t practiced so he chose being a dick over being mocked

  • pinkelephant22

    Maybe he wasn’t sure what his band could play off the cuff, etc. “Off the clock” wasn’t the best excuse off the top of his head but he may not have intended to sound so cold.

  • Pope Sparkles (F)

    He couldn’t take 3 minutes & sang ‘God Bless America’? Or he could have simply said “We didn’t rehearse one for today, but thank you to all that served.”

  • Ailsa Nordstrom

    I didn’t see it but I know a lot of these kind of appearances are lip-synced and maybe they just didn’t have any more songs set up to lip-sync.

  • Marvin Nelson

    Who is this moron? Never heard of him.

    • Perry

      Me neither.

  • Zorro

    Pathetic.

  • RSnyder

    How many young men, 70 years ago, wished they had the option of being off the clock? 90% of the people in the celebrity business are self-absorbed pricks. Like our dear POTUS.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I dunno, I’ve been in situations where I felt people were trying to rope me in to say something/sing something/do something that fit an agenda, and didn’t much care how I felt about it. Now, you might figure that any red-blooded American can and should sing some sort of song to recognize “D + 70 Years,” and should want to do so as well, but he may simply have reacted, as I would have done in the situations where I felt something was being sprung on me, without his giving much thought to the fact of its being patriotic or a commemoration of the brave men of the Normandy beaches.

    Go on the Rachel Maddow Show (assuming she’d have you on in the first place) and get roped into something like singing “Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m stickin’ to the Union!” and then cast stones. He may really be a douchebag, but then again, he may not– I’m not prepared to say, based solely on this.

  • Baptized

    False.
    Chris said it in jest. He said “I’m off the clock. I’ll watch you guys.”
    – and they mention about performing another song, and they can’t even
    remember the words, so Chris says “You’re going to open a can of worms.
    This is where I bail.” – He didn’t want to be apart of a song where no
    one knew the lyrics. That would be downright disrespectful.

    • Nan231

      Haha, nice try.

    • jaded

      how about “hey guys, off the top of my head I can’t think of a patriotic song, but how about one more song we’ll sing in honor of all the great nations that were a part of liberating those during WWII?” *enter applause*.

      See how easy that would have been?

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to Mr. Daughtry:

    All of those American, British and French soldiers were “off the clock” the moment their boots hit French soil on June 6th, 1944.

    You sir, are a Dick Head. Who just brought upon himself the destruction of your own paltry career!!!

    • Baptized

      I doubt his career is going to be harmed by this. No one cares for Fox News anyhow. It’s a shit network run by Republicans.

      • C.d. Gibson

        I watch Fox News as do all the people commenting here. Only idiots watch CNN or MSNBC.

  • frank.castro.primoy

    This is exactly what happens when as Americans we idolize assholes like this douchebag Daughtry or whatever his stupid name is. Wake up people, these are not heroes, they’re assholes in it for their own pocket!

  • $5745980

    A year from now people will be asking “Who is Daughtry”?

    • twotowner

      I have no idea who he is now! Every time I hear his last name I think ppl are mispronouncing Daltrey from The Who.

  • sgt_joe_rock

    What a huge Jack ass

  • BuckeyeSam

    My first thought is that he doesn’t know any patriotic songs. For him, being an a**hole was preferable to looking like an idiot.

  • GSONC123

    to be fair, it sounds like the show didn’t ask him in advance to play a patriotic song. most bands don’t just have a patriot song up their sleeve to “whip out” on live television… my guess is he would have been hit harder with criticism if he’d attempted a song he and his band didn’t know and butchered it. people would’ve been saying that THAT was disrespectful to veterans. from the musician side, the show host shouldn’t have put him on the spot like that. if they had asked for another one of his songs, i think he would’ve reacted differently.

  • scott206

    That’s cool. As far as I’m concerned he can consider himself off the payroll too.

  • rreactor

    Sounds like he was “blindsided” and made an unfortunate remark to avoid being embarrassed singing something without preparation. I’ve seen situations
    like this many times. Hosts put their guests in “gotcha” situations and sometimes it creates a completely false impression about the guest. I’m not willing to paint him as unpatriotic based on this incident.

    • jaimo

      Fox and Friends is so unorganized when it comes to this kind of stuff and they’re all hacks, they should have told him upfront that they wanted to do this, but I don’t blame Daughtry for not wanting to be involved in some hack job of a patriotic song with 30 seconds to kill.

  • Servo1969

    FOX: “Would you like to sing a patriotic song with us?”
    CD: “Nope, sorry, it’s cocaine:30.”

  • Red Fred

    Never listen to that CD anyway, think I’ll use it for a dog frisbee.

  • Nan231

    Duh, what for? What’s D-day? Patriotic song, who me?

  • Donna

    An entertainer has no more importance in my life than their ability to entertain me…period. I don’t know them personally, I’m not invested in their life. When will all of you “idolizers” of celebrities get that and only give them the importance in your life they’re due.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “When will all of you ‘idolizers’ of celebrities get that [they’re not really important in your life]?”
      As Chazz Palminteri so ably told us twenty years ago, in A Bronx Tale:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLWD3eWjD4k

  • Jimni27

    I voted for Taylor Hicks.

  • nickdqwk

    Here is a Rock and Roll Patriot Song “one of my personal favorites”
    “Madison Rising” “Star Spangled Banner”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaye7Md3PYs

    • nickdqwk

      Hey Fox and Friends how about Madison Rising for your Friday All American Summer concert series!

    • CO2 Producer

      Jeremy Dodge rocks, too. Though I prefer his original songs, this cover tune might appeal to the audience here.

      • nickdqwk

        Thanks for the share! The more the better, there really are a good number of patriotic artist.

      • cyndo123

        WOW! Love this!

        • CO2 Producer

          If you can handle a little harder edge, check out Dodge’s other tunes, especially “Stand Up” and “Rise (Change The Game).” Great tunage, in my opinion.

          • cyndo123

            I will listen to his other tunes. What a great voice he has!

  • desicon

    The guy is not patriotic and he does not know know any patriotic songs. Given the circumstance he handled it politely.

  • Dobermite

    This is why you have to stick with country music, they are the only entertainers left in America who are proudly patriotic:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruNrdmjcNTc

    • http://www.zeph1.com zeph1

      Reading through Chris Daughtry’s musical influences, not a single one of them was country. He never was, as they say, “about that life.” That is, other than temporarily using it as a selling point for his music.

    • cyndo123

      Powerful video. I hadn’t seen it before. Thanks for sharing.

      God Bless the USA!

      • Dobermite

        Its my all-time favorite video, cyndo :-)

        He made it shortly after 9-11, when all real Americans (that counts out liberals) were still chomping at the bit for revenge, before liberals could make people feel guilty about wanting to wipe the Islamo-fascists off the face of the planet for what they did to us on 9-11.

        • cyndo123

          I had heard the song. (not seen the video). I so wish we were still chomping at the bit. IMHO.. We will relive this sooner than we think.

    • Renny

      I thought this guy did sing country. Some of the older rockers are very patriotic. This guy looked displeased to be up there.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        Daughtry is not country.

        • Renny

          Okay, then I really have no clue who he is. :)

  • SteveP

    Never heard of him.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Lisa Corcoran @LCorcoran428Follow
    @CHRIS_Daughtry couldn’t bother to sing a patriotic song on D-Day. Hey, a$$hole. The D in D-Day doesn’t stand for douche bag.

    It does for Daughtry.

  • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

    Just one more song?
    Was he associating with Fox under protest or something?
    Sounds like he couldn’t wait to get out of there.
    Maybe if they had slipped him a couple of hundreds, he could have been persuaded.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I11t5mj9FOk

  • jdog

    America hating leftist in training. Must not ever do anything patriotic or let anyone think you could possibly love or appreciate your country and all the opportunities it has given you. Scummy cockroach.

  • 1mikejanz1

    If he hates America, Americans shouldn’t buy his music!

  • Janice LEE

    If I am not mistaken he dumped his wife when fame arrived.

    • Ailsa Nordstrom

      You are mistaken. Probably confusing him with someone else.

  • vinwire

    He’s a mediocre talent and he’s ugly. Next!

  • http://www.zeph1.com zeph1

    Remember, this guy’s persona is a creation of reality television (American Idol). Any patriotic image people believe he has is a gimmick. His pride in his country is only deep enough to sell his brand. He’s just another fake and it’s good more people saw this truth.

  • jaded

    walking off the stage when an encore is requested is pretty diva, it doesn’t matter what the song is.

  • Michael Lang

    Never even heard of this asshole.

  • gold7406

    maybe he can play at ucla,right after jane fonda’s speech

  • http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1181/6595/original.jpg filter

    Bad form on his part, just bad form.

  • coal4america

    Who the hell does chris daughtry think he is anyway? Someone that matters. I don’t think so. He said he’s off the clock. The patriotic fans in America should see to it he’s also off the radio and any other media form. He’s cut from the same cloth as sgt. bergdahl. They both left their post. Good riddance!!!

  • Eve

    He is a typical anti-war Demorat. Ungrateful for the lives lost so they can speak thir mind and act like jackackles. Are there any common sense democrats any more or are they all antiGod and anti country?

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    I don’t care I don’t listen to or buy his music anyway.

  • Lemonhead

    Who is this guy never heard of him,karma is a b!t€h hopefully I’ll read about him losing everything and what he’s got left the ex wife gets

  • mtshark

    It makes me feel good that I have no idea who this twit is.

  • viShuSPork

    Maybe he had to drop the kids off at the pool? He left pretty quick.

  • Leende

    Guess he will go down like the Dixie Chicks.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      No, he can fix it. I heard he apologized already. The DCs just kept making things worse by insulting their fans.

  • Entrepmanure

    I suspect he knows his fan base and knows that patriotism is dead in America.. particularly in that demographic… this will probably make him extra cool in their eyes… if there is any change in his popularity, it will likely be for the better…

    sad but true

  • NCRelite

    He performed his set that they likely rehearsed, you don’t just throw out a curve ball like that.

    • Guest

      A curve ball? Let’s say for instance he never learned, “America” or the “Star Spangled Banner”, all he had to do was go to the microphone and say the most simple thing, like..”As an American, I would like to thank all the men who served and their heroic acts on D-Day.”

    • Kelly Walters

      I agree. He was put on the spot.

  • Belinda Henry

    It looks like he was caught off guard.

  • VRWCmama

    He may find himself permanently off the clock soon.

  • Thomas Carmody

    I never cared for Daughtry. That being said, I do have to constantly hear 4 Daughtry songs while I am at work, and they all suck!

  • John Howard

    Maybe he just doesn’t know any?

    • Super Marsupial

      The national anthem’s not hard

      • Perso Nasplit

        Id be interested to watch you pulled up on stage, and sing it in front of thousands of people plus cameras and instant playback of any missed or wrong word. http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-worst-national-anthem-peformances.php

        • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

          It is a hard one to sing, especially if they start it out just a teeny bit too high.

        • Super Marsupial

          I wasn’t aware I was a professional singer….fanboy doofus!

          • Perso Nasplit

            fanboy? no, just a vet that doesnt think putting someone on the spot is the right thing to do, and you crying about how offended he didnt personally sing to YOU is so petty.

            The fact you seem to think this guy owes you something is very telling. I wouldnt be surprised if you sit there and demand everyone give you things on the spot all the time.

          • Super Marsupial

            On the spot? He was already on stage with everyone looking. I’ve got a problem with him being such a prissy little princess, what you are you are accusing me of.
            Remember. HE wants us to buy his music. He just lost a lot of customers.

      • Jim Trebowski

        Tell that to the “American Spring” folks who stood in a little circle to sing the anthem, only to strike up a tentative version of “America the Beautiful” by mistake.

  • Super Marsupial

    Ditch the douche for lesser known bands who would appreciate the publicity.

  • sj0flr

    Head over to his Twitter page. He’s posted a video wherein he mans up and owns it 100%. Rare when you see a celeb put out such a straight forward and heartfelt apology, with no excuses or BS. Just sayin’.

  • Carolanne

    He was clearly caught off guard and unprepared. In watching him for many years, he is patriotic and caring. I took it as he turned it over to them. Not as a diss!

  • Perso Nasplit

    as a vet, Im not offended he wouldnt pay another song on live tv that he didnt plan(or memorize words to). Anybody crying he reacted the way he did, walk a mile in HIS shoes. Get up on stage, and on the spot, think up a “patriotic song”. Until then, have some respect for someone who took the time to play at all, and entertained MANY vets that day, and COUNTLESS vets in the past.

    • Kelly Walters

      Exactly. I hate to see my side do exactly what we always complain about with democrats which is forcing people to toe the line.

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      Spot ON!

      We will not allow a white flag planted on her soil…
      OLLPOH ~ Our Life Liberty Pursuit Of Happiness
      (Mr. and Mrs.)

  • Scott Snoopy

    not a clue who this guy is; really don’t care, but he is an immature ass…

  • bringbackericthered

    Ah yes the good ol’ you aren’t patriotic enough game is back. Cry babies.
    It’s immature to think that he should go off-clock to sing a song he wasn’t asked or prepared to sing. Why? Because if he does and messes up a lyric (yes a single lyric) the same people crying because he wouldn’t sing would make it viral that he is some unpatriotic pansy-ass who doesn’t know every single lyric of every single patriotic song ever.

    That said, not a fan of his and wouldn’t want to sit through another song of his.

    • madoc55

      Well, he could have whistled, “Dixie”. Ain’t that hard to do.

      • Mr.Conservative

        I think “DIXIE” is one of the most patriotic songs there is.

  • jkbtazman

    He did make an apology though Fox should of never of put him on the spot in the first place .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhV9k3gO87s

  • Gmama

    He handled this poorly but the hosts should not have put him on the spot, he would have had to sing and play a song he had not rehearsed with his band, and it would have been televised. We have all said something awkward that could be seen as inappropriate when put on the spot.

  • sgt_joe_rock

    He apologized and it’s all good. The prez could learn from this man. We all fuck up once or twice

  • Milquetoast

    I .. I wasn’t aware Daughtry was big enough
    to walk off a stage whenever he wanted.
    (Maybe he still does get paid by the hour!)

  • James Perley

    Those veterans were also “off the clock” when they invaded Europe and fought elsewhere in the world. He made a bad career decision.

  • Don

    So many people care about what one singer said? I wish more people would care about how the President is shredding our republic and destroying our military. How his administration constantly lies to the American people. There are so many things to be upset by and everyone gets their panties in a wad because a singer didn’t want to perform another song.

    • Mr.Conservative

      Don it’s not what the SOB said that has the outrage going it’s the bastard disrespect for our service men/women. I guess maybe you feel the same way or you would have your panties in such a wad because someone bad mouthed the idiot.

      • Don

        I actually served in the Navy and I am extremely conservative. I just don’t feel the need to hang on every “celebrities” word or actions. And I don’t feel disrespected by him because he refused to sing a song. Get a life would be my suggestion to you.

        • Mr.Conservative

          Don thanks for the suggestion but I actually have a life. I also was in the Navy and I “WAS” offended and I was offended on behalf of my dad who went through WWII and grand dad WWI. Any true professional would have known a patriotic and would have sung it if they cared as much for the military men/women as he says he does.

  • Joseph C. Krywalski

    NEVER Heard of the azz-hole and will NEVER hear it NOW!!

  • helen willis

    I have never liked him, not even on Idol. If you listen to the quality and voice control, it just isn’t there. Compare him, sometime, to Eric Clapton and other really good groups. He got where he is on magical back-up. I hope the magic is gone and we are one less idoless contestant.

  • bo1921

    My guess is he doesn’t know any patriotic songs. Talk about looking awful – in the future, people will say, “you just pulled a chris daughtry.”

  • Lou Bator

    Let’s be honest, how many people in that crowd even know what the significance of D-Day is?

  • Joseph Contonzo

    No longer a fan, I love when they think an apology bails them out

  • Tommy Maq

    “Not in my job description” is a distinctly American phrase…for a reason!

    Talk about First World Problems!

  • Jennifer Lucia

    Not sure I think it was right for the producers to just ask him and his band to play something they haven’t rehearsed at all in the spur of the moment in front of a live audience. That can be very scary for a musician and he was obviously nervous and not prepared. Give him a break.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Devon-Dibley-His-Golden-Key/dp/1484181557/ M F Scotto

    “Sorry, Western Civilization, we’re off the clock.”

    Not said by any US military men or women on June 6, 1944.

  • Todd

    I don’t think he has anything to apologize for. Maybe if they would have prepped him about singing something patriotic he would have been ready to blow it away. I think they put him on the spot and he didn’t want to screw up some patriotic song and look like an ass. He did the right thing bowing out instead of screwing something up. I have more respect for him bowing out instead of messing something up. I would be surprised to find many Americans today that can spit the lyrics out to The Pledge of Allegiance let alone any patriotic song. 21 Year Retired Army Combat Vet………

  • vice86

    LOL @ all these over sensitive babies whining about Chris Daughtry

  • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

    I’m not a fan of his music, but the reaction was uncalled for. The show should’ve asked him before hand if he can do a patriotic song, so he can prepare. He seems like an alright guy when he was in Idol.

  • fedupwithlibs

    he apologized and i beleive he meant it. we all screw up and sometimes either take things or say things out of context.

  • praymorenow1

    Dumb classless move on his part.
    Dumb move on hosts if they ‘sprang’ this on him on live tv….
    Stick to the script I guess.
    However, they said to sing it w/ the audience, join in….lead the song…they didn’t ask him to sing solo or get the band out there……it was not a big deal, he could have faked the whole thing.
    He comes across as a jerk for the ‘off the clock’ comment…. D Day or not…..
    Hopefully, he realizes he should just admit the mistake & do better next time.

  • Antonio Hernandez

    chris you are fine. dont be ashamed for on the spot crap. just think of it this way- 90% of the haters are 3 and out soldiers, nat gards, or i hate what america stands for protesters. look at how they are too big of pussies to stand up to what the potus is doing and they are not at the least bit mad, hell they are reveling in his kingly glory. hold on to what you do, and remember that almost all other musicians will not perform for the military, and people like blake griffin will blow off helping an amputee because ” i dont make heroes out of killers” end quote.

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