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The Latest: Kid Rock out of Christmas parade after comments

December 1, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Kid Rock’s comments and the Nashville Christmas Parade (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

Kid Rock’s profane comments on live TV have gotten him booted from leading the Nashville Christmas Parade.

Instead, the parade has invited the man hailed as a community hero for wrangling a gun away from the shooter during a deadly Nashville Waffle House shooting in April.

In a statement Friday, parade organizers Piedmont Natural Gas, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and Tennessee Holiday Productions said they have invited James Shaw Jr., saying the grand marshal in Saturday’s parade should personify the spirit of the Nashville community.

The statement said Kid Rock had previously volunteered to serve as grand marshal.

The switch follows a Fox & Friends interview Friday in which Kid Rock used an expletive to describe Joy Behar of “The View.”

Nashville Mayor David Briley’s office then said he was not “inclined not to participate” if Kid Rock remained grand marshal.

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12:30 p.m.

Nashville Mayor David Briley’s office says he’s “inclined not to participate” in a Christmas parade if Kid Rock remains grand marshal.

The comment follows a Fox & Friends interview Friday in which Kid Rock used an expletive to describe Joy Behar of “The View.”

Multiple Fox & Friends personalities apologized. Kid Rock apologized for the language, but “not the sentiment.”

Kid Rock is slated to be grand marshal Saturday in the privately run Nashville Christmas Parade.

Mayoral spokesman Thomas Mulgrew said Briley was disgusted by Kid Rock’s comments about Behar. He said Nashville is an inclusive place and Briley doesn’t want to be included in a parade with a grand marshal who says hateful things on national television.

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