Kid Rock won’t renew his lease for Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit restaurant.
The news comes after Rock was taped delivering a drunken rant against Oprah Winfrey and others onstage at his steakhouse in Nashville.
Cellphone video obtained by TMZ shows Ritchie onstage last month at his steakhouse in Nashville, Tennessee, using graphic language to convey his dislike of Winfrey, Kathy Lee Gifford and Joy Behar, co-host of The View.
According to NBC News, Chris Granger, group president of sports and entertainment for Ilitch Holdings, said in a statement that
Kid Rock “voluntarily decided” not to renew the deal that comes up in April for the restaurant inside Little Caesars Arena. The statement says the Ilitch organization had been in contact with the musician, a Detroit-area native whose real name is Robert Ritchie.
The Ilitch statement says its
“venues are open, inviting, inclusive and respectful to all.”
The restaurant opened in 2017 in the arena that’s home to the Detroit Pistons and Red Wings.
The National Action Network’s (NAN) Michigan chapter, which has long been against Kid Rock’s restaurant at Little Caesars Arena, had urged Ilitch Holdings to boot the restaurant after the tirade went viral.
Rev. Charles Williams, president of NAN’s Michigan chapter, told reporters.
“Oprah does not deserve some low-life, racist punk rock star to make these types of statements toward her and this community. That’s why we say good riddance. We hope he takes this opportunity to learn his lesson.”
In January, a former bartender at the restaurant alleged in a lawsuit that she was fired by the management for wearing her hair in an afro.
Sam Riddle, political director of NAN’s Michigan chapter said,
“The Ilitches are notorious for breaking promises to the people of Detroit after they pimped the people of Detroit for $400 million in corporate welfare. What did they do? They brought in the musical icon for white supremacy.
When you normalize Kid Rock, you normalize hate.”
Riddle called Kid Rock,
“the musical icon of white supremacy” and “a professional hater.”
While activists spoke out about Kid Rock, he posted a photo of himself extending his middle fingers on Facebook. He wrote,
“All this BS going on has just go (sic) my blood pumpin’ and is only more songwriting fuel for a new record and tour in 2021. I am beholden to no one, no corporate sponsors, no label and I am gonna go the fuck off!
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You haters better be shaking in your boots.”