Arthur Gunn broke his silence on why he skipped the American Idol finale on Sunday, where he was set to perform alongside country superstar Sheryl Crow.
The former Idol finalist spoke out via an Instagram post on Monday, May 24. Gunn explained “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.”
He went on to explain that it’s not the show or anyone related to the show and that he is very grateful for the platform that the popular singing competition show has given him.
“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 American Idol to blame,” Gunn explained. “They were there long before nor anyone related to show. I’m grateful for American Idol for [giving] 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!!!”
Gunn later extended an invite to Crow to perform with him at The Cotillion in late July.
“Well, let’s just say I missed my opportunity to sing with legendary Sheryl Crow,” Gunn added. “what happened is not much to discuss at this point. I would like to make it up and invite Sheryl Crow to perform couple of songs on the July 30th at The Cotillion.”
Following the Idol finale, Idol judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie commented on the situation when they were asked what happened.
“We don’t even know what happened,” Richie told PEOPLE before Perry added, “It’s a spicy show, It’s a live 3-hour show and quite honestly we’ve had a very colorful season. Curveballs galore.”
“It’s not the first time we’ve had to operate on the fly,” Bryan told the outlet.
Luckily, fellow Idol alum Graham DeFranco was on hand to perform alongside Crow and he knocked it out of the park!
“[Graham DeFranco] was there to support Chayce so we’re pulling him out of the crowd and we’re like, ‘Get up and sing with Sheryl Crow’ and he was like, ‘Hell yeah,'” Bryan shared.