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John Rich Explains His Chely Wright Gay Comment!

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In the wake of country singer Chely Wright's announcement that she is a lesbian, she's opened up about her personal struggle - most notably about the meltdown she endured after a comment fellow country singer John Wright made!

As we reported, Chely claims:

“[John] said, ‘You’re not gay are you?!’ I said, ‘No, John, I’m not.’ He said, ‘Good, thank God.’ And that began a spiral for me. I had a meltdown shortly after that.”

John himself has now come forward to publicly aplogize, and claims Chely misunderstood what he meant!

He says:

“I would never pass judgment on any friend of mine. I feel awful that, at this time in Chely’s life, my decade old comment – ‘Good, thank God’ – was taken the wrong way. I was clumsily trying to express my relief that even a country boy like me had a one-in-a-million chance of having a beer with a woman as talented and attractive as Chely. For years after that conversation, Chely invited me to perform at charity events. In all that time, I wish she would have said something directly to me before the book’s publicity tour, especially since some of the comments attributed to me in the book are not mine. But I am happy for her and only wish her the best in her personal and professional life."

Hm. Seems a little bitter that he was dragged into this.

What do U think?? Is John's apology sincere??

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92 comments to “John Rich Explains His Chely Wright Gay Comment!”

  1. 1

    mario's the bitter one……….

  2. 2

    Easy there partner…..if this isn't making something out of nothing then i don't know what is. It's like the gay community takes offense to everything in the world, the guy made a simple comment insinuating that if she were gay he wouldn't have a shot and now all you silly gays take it the wrong way, by no means does he owe anyone an apology and shame on you flamers for being over sensitive.

  3. 3

    But, he's the one making gayface in his photo.

  4. 4

    Maybe she should grow some balls. many gay folks have heard allot more and did not write a book about it. As far as country music goes I'm supervised he didn't say something worse . It doesn't make it right but this is not a perfect world. as far as an apology why a comment made ten years ago when there was even less tolerance is any of our business is beyond me. That's between them.

  5. 5

    That was heartfelt and sincere, and she definitely should have just come to him about it, if they were indeed friends.

  6. 6

    John's statement is probably more PR damage control than actually being sincere. His "good, thank god" statement really meant "Oh thank god, I have a chance to have sex with you!" Why Chely couldn't ask him what he meant by that statement is beyond me. It bothered her enough to put a gun to her head, but not enough to ask for clarification???? Maybe she did though; I don't have all the details of this story. I really would have been more interested if I gave a crap about country music.

  7. 7

    I think this entire thing was totally blown out of proportion! He didn't make any kind of derogatory comment…just simply implied that he was glad that he still had a chance with her! This is all crazy!

  8. 8

    It sounds to me like he was trying to hit on her & that's why he asked. But you never know, the tone or implication of a conversation unless you're there, and even then sometimes it can be confusing. Either way, he doesn't seem like a bad guy.

  9. 9

    He feels bad now that he realized what he said was hurtful. So at the time, when he didn't think he knew anybody gay he was probably serious, but now that he knows that one of his friends is, he probably reevaluated what he said and changed his mind. Good for him.

  10. 10

    She never gave him a chance to support his friend. He has the right to be disappointed to be in the book without her telling him herself.

  11. Visa says – reply to this


    While John Rich was performing as "Big & Rich", one of the their moto's was country without prejudice. They heavely promoted their lesbian bass player who helped write some of their music and rapping black sidekick "Cowboy Troy". The only time I ever saw John Rich come down on someone negative was when he ripped into Miley Cyrus ex, Justin whatshisface, when he was on the Nashville Stars. He does shoot his mouth off a lot, but I think its more of a publicity angle.

  12. 12

    I believe that's what he meant…that he was expressing relief at maybe having a chance with a woman like her. I don't think he meant it that it was terrible to be gay. And she should have addressed him long before she published that book. He doesn't sound bitter to me.

  13. 13

    Dude is an asshole and has said other anti-gay bullshit in the past. Fuck him.

  14. 14

    Re: scottyk_9

    Fuck you. This asshole has said more than that. Now that one of his friends is calling him on it, he's back-peddeling.

  15. 15

    First of all Perez is a prime example of why people are homophobic. Most gays hate his guts. Secondly, there's a puzzle piece missing here. Why on earth would you ask anyone if they were gay if you didn't think they were? All I can think is he was trying to get with her and heard rumors. It just doesn't make sense otherwise. Oh well. Good for her. Unfortunately she now has to undo all the damage people like Perez do for gays.

  16. 16

    Get real hillbillies. Like Jesus Would Ever Own a Gun & Vote Republican.

  17. 17

    I think at the time he was seriously trying his best to help her out and not realizing he was being insensitive. How many people in this world have said something stupid "off the cuff" without realizing at the time they shouldn't have said it at all? I also think she probably should not have attributed the comments to anyone, just state that it was something "someone" told her and that also would have prevented further drama.

  18. 18

    It seems like he is just sorry that his comment was taken the wrong way. I could see how it could be misconstrude by Wright (who was probably very sensitive at the time) and I can completely understand the intention being something totally different for John. Mistakes happen, it is a shame that being gay still has a stigma, secrets are what lead to misunderstandings in the first place.

  19. 19

    I'd be bitter too if I were dragged into this and made to look like a homophobe over some rather vague comment. Of course it's sincere..the only reason Perez wouldn't think it is, because to accept the apology means to close the chapter and move on, but PH would rather drag this out with continuous merciless attacks on someone he feels doesn't share his own political agenda.

  20. 20

    It's Chely's fault for not *clarifying what he meant instead of just assuming things.* She should have asked him 10 years ago instead of wrongly assuming what he meant and then allowing herself to react the way she did. It sounds to me like he meant that he was glad he still had a shot at her. (And what the hell's a "chely" anyway? How do you pronounce that? When I see that word I pronounce it as it looks - cheely. Is it supposed to be pronounced like Shelly?? whatever….)

  21. 21

    Who the fuck cares…no one even knows who this bitch is.

  22. 22

    as much as i think this is about PR i am more confused by the blatant name error…..John Rich was the guy who made the statement and the apology. Chely Wright is the woman who came out….who the hell is John Wright…..

  23. 23

    I thinnk he's sincere and I can see why she would take it that way from a "defensive" position…you expect soething bad that is the way you will see everything.

  24. 24

    I've always thought HE was a closet case!

  25. 25

    Sounds exactly like something a hetero guy would say to a pretty girl, right up there with 'if your gay, can I watch'…

  26. 26

    I completely believe John. Its a shame that Chely didn't have the guts to talk to him about it and held on to this resentment for 10 depressing years to almost even committing suicide over it. Seriously, I think folks need to give John a break.

  27. 27

    Doesn't seem to me like he was being a big enough jerk to have to apologize for anything…. Who cares if he said "Good, Thank God" … He prolly just wanted to get into her panties… Gad - lesbians are so testy these days lol

  28. 28

    he was totally just trying to hit on her and failed

  29. Suze says – reply to this


    cut him some slack….I see what he's saying. He was a horny guy in the company of a beautiful woman that he was hoping to hook up with.

  30. 30

    I think it was in terrible taste for her to go public with his comment without clearing it up. So many things can get taken out of context and this is another example. When I first read the comment on your site my first thought was, "She's beautiful, I'm sure it was his silly way of trying to hit on her." But of course now he's branded an ass because she couldn't be the bigger person and talk it out.

    Communication people…it'll save a lot of frustrations if you just practice it!

  31. 31

    John Rich is a star and she used him to try and make a comeback. Chely is really a "never was."

  32. 32

    If Chely would have been truthful in her response - this would be a non issue

  33. 33

    The guy apologized and its up to her to accept it or not. I guess we will have to wait to hear.

  34. 34

    yes, john is a family friend and this is sincere. he is a great guy, and his comment was DEFINITELY taken the wrong way.

  35. 35

    i dont think he meant what he said to be taken the wrong way - infact when I first read it i thought he meant it because she was hot and he still had a chance… I think we alll need to stop picking apart every word someone says..

  36. 36

    I believe that he just thought she was pretty and was glad he'd still have a chance to ask her out. Really give the guy a break. Not to mention he was right in calling her out for not mentioning it b4. You'd think in 10 yrs she would have either seperated herself from him or discussed it with him.

  37. 37

    If she remembers it, obviously he must have said something to her that affected her. You can't blame closets for not coming out because of all this heterosexist comments and attitudes. yes it was not intentional but the effect was damaging!

  38. 38

    i think he is really sorry for how his comment was taken. When you reported it on it the other day i thought of it as he was saying good thank God cause he wanted to get it on with her or something honestly. your the one that blew it up to be something bigger. im happy that she came out but comeon, she has a new cd and new book coming out soon if you think this isnt going to help her sales any your crazy.

  39. 39

    Look, I'm gay, and there were plenty of comments that hurt my feelings, especially in high school. But in retrospect, I told those people how I felt about it and that they were hurtful comments. All those people respect me now and realized their immaturity at the time. Her bullshit melodrama reeks of pulicity, and if it really hurt her, she would have told him about it before her fucking book. I don't excuse his comment perse, but I never knew who this chick was before I learned she was gay. Her PR team is amazing.

  40. 40

    He doesn't sound very bitter to me, just more disappointed than anything that she didn't come to him first.
    And I can totally understand his statement.
    I'm sure it wasn't any kind of homophobic statement.

  41. 41

    Sounds like she is making a big deal out of nothing for pity (which I do pity her) and then lied about what he said other times.
    Cry me a river, asshole.

  42. 42

    Re: Poindexter-X – It just goes to show how petty and pathetic MOST of the gay community is. They are way too over sensitive, This guy made a comment as innocent as that 10 years ago and she wants to exploit it now and make a big fuss over it and now she has Perez making a big deal about it. Get a life, it's just more proof that gays have huge issues with themselves but try to put the blame on others.

  43. 43

    friends don't call out friends with their comback books and albums…bitch should have told the man, not people magazine. it's retarded. betcha that comeback doesn't happen.

  44. 44

    Most people feel that the country music world is very homophobic. That is probably more true than not, but this guy seems open-minded and accepting based on some past incidents. It can be awkward for anyone to converse about homosexuality, especially with someone who is "in the closet". Things can be taken the wrong way. He just doesn't seem like a right-wing homophobe.
    Best of luck to her. We'll see how her fan base reacts to this…….

  45. 45

    Good for him. Spoken with truth and sincerity. And given, what she did, he came around and still wished her all the best. Good for him.

  46. 46

    sounds totally sincere, many of us have probably said that if we were attracted to someone and wanted to know if we had no chance…his "thank god" meant, phew, maybe I can take her out.

  47. 47

    Hello Perez,
    I want to THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART for recognizing the devastation here in TENNESSEE. I don't think the US understands how many families are now homeless and yet we are getting nothing as far as World Wide NEWS and information out to others that help is desperately needed. You might be the GOSSIP QUEEN BUT YOU PEREZ HAVE A HEART OF GOLD!! I've been working with the Animal Shelters and ran across a dog that looked Just like TEDDY and of all people YOU WERE IN MY THOUGHTS ALL DAY. I was proud to be doing what I'm doing and I KNOW YOU WOULD BE PROUD TOO!!! I LOVE YO U PEREZ AND THANKS AGAIN FOR HELPING TO GET THE WORD OUT. Frances Goodlow NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE!!!!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS

  48. 48

    I think he's being sincere. What a nice guy. "clumsily trying to express relief that even a country boy like me had a chance of having a beer with… Chely." How cute!!

  49. 49

    I think he meant it. I also this this story is lahammmeeee.

  50. 50

    She is just trying to sell a book and is dragging Rich into the mud. "Country without Prejudice" is his fucking motto. Some silly comment a decade ago because he wanted to date her…
    She has no career, and is using him to revamp it.

  51. 51

    She's a publicity whore who drug him into this…when I first heard the comment, I thought he was trying to hit on her.

  52. 52

    If this is true, she's the poster child for passive/aggressive behavior. Hold a grudge for years over a comment, SEE the guy all through it, and never ever ask him about it? THEN write a book and throw it in? If I were him I'd be furious and I think she should apologize for saying it

  53. 53

    When I read what John Rich said, my first thought was, "He was probably just trying to hit on her!" I am 100% for gay rights and gay marriage, but when I was single and I would meet a guy who was gorgeous, talented, nice, etc., etc., my first thought would be "I hope he's not gay" - not because I don't think he SHOULD be gay and not because I think it's WRONG - it's because I'd want to hit that and if he's gay, I don't stand a chance! lol. I really don't think John Rich meant anything derogatory about it.

  54. 54

    a lot of people have said it but yeah, cheryl should have went to john to talk about it before making him seem like a jerk. i think his apology was sincere.

  55. 55

    I completely believe him. His explanation makes sense. It's what I took from the comment and what many other people would have taken from it as well. I think the most interesting part of the statement was:

    I wish she would have said something directly to me before the book’s publicity tour, especially since some of the comments attributed to me in the book are not mine.

  56. 56

    You gotta hit this gay thing [rumor] head on…it’s sick, it’s deviant, it’s unacceptable to country music fans.” John Rich is known as a closet homo.

  57. 57

    ……i'm sure it happens to gay people too….they hope the person that they are hitting on in a bar is not straight…

  58. 58

    I glad we've had this opportunity to clear the air on what's politically correct to say/or not say to the gay community. "Good, Thank God" has been removed from my volcabulary - just like the "N" word has.

  59. 59

    her coming out is nothing but a fucking PUBLICITY STUNT. are people that fucking stupid that they don't realize this…..this whole thing just reeks of a PUBLICITY STUNT!

  60. 60

    Take a step back folks and think. They are both country music stars……Have you ever heard of another country singer coming out of the closet? It could ruin a career and she must have thought this because OBVIOUSLY she wasn't forthcoming with it for how many years? I'm sure there are lots of gay or liesbians in the music business who have yet to come out. Ricky Martin took how long and said, IT WOULD HAVE RUINED MY CAREER. John Rich is right, she should have confronted him and talked about it. Who knows what he was thinking at the time, he could have said ALOT worse. Instead she writes a book about it. Thats whats wrong with this world….instead of talking, they write a book, sell their stories to gossip magazines, go on tv how they have been wronged or sue someone. Mountains out of mole hills people.

  61. 61

    The first time I read the comment, I understood that he meant "Thank God" in a way that he was hoping she liked men so he could have a chance. Not in a 'I hate gays' way.

  62. 62

    oh my god big fucking deal. gay people are so sensitive. if you blink at a gay person the wrong way they get upset. he simply said thank god because he wanted to have a chance with her. cut the poor guy some slack.

  63. 63

    He should be bitter that he was dragged into this since the two were supposed to be friends and she never discussed with him how disappointing his comment was to her until she had a book to sell. I think his apology is sincere and that she took his comment the wrong way. PR damage control or not, he has every right to clarify what exactly he meant by his comment as opposed to standing back and watching his name get dragged through the mud unfairly.

  64. 64

    I think he's sincere, I think he meant, "Good, thank God!" in the "I have a chance with her," kind of way, rather than a homophobic way, really.

  65. 65

    Sounds like he was just hitting on her, should have been taken as a compliment. Obviously, she was in a bad place to interpret it that way.

  66. 66

    Gloria Allred - contact John Rich!! He was lied to (defrauded) and then drug through the media as a "get rich quick" publicity stunt defaming his reputation, carreer and markitability. Gotta to be at least a couple of million extortion (but, for attorneys, it legal) out of Chely Wright?

  67. 67

    Chely Wright - the fourth Dixie Chick.

  68. 68

    In what way is "Good, thank God" considered the wrong way???
    Can't stand Big and Rich.

  69. 69

    Its ok John, we all say shit we don't mean. And Chely, stop being a drama queeen. Its ok to be gay, so get over yourself. Be happy and live life!!!!!

  70. 70

    I totally believe his clarification comments and think it was pretty pathetic of her to use his comments in a book without having cleared the air between them years ago. To not have confronted him earlier was her own fault. People's sexual preference shouldn't be anyone else's business anyways, why are we all so obsessed???

  71. 71

    Re: scottyk_9
    I totally agree!!! This was so blown out of proportion! Seems that he just had a crush on her so he was happy that he had a chance! She needs to give him an apology for trying to make him look like an ass and Perez u need to shut up!

  72. 72

    Look Out, Brad Pasley - you're next!

  73. 73

    He sounds sincere to me, and that was a great explanation in regards to the comment he made….Gay people are over dramatic at times…like black people who always play the race card all the time. And hell yeah, I just wrote that!

  74. 74

    it's john rich, not john wright (typo in first paragraph)

  75. 75

    I think he's totally sincere… and I'd be bitter too if someone was blaming their personal downward spiral on a comment I made about wanting to maybe hook up with a pretty lady (and I'm a lady here, but I'm totally on the dude's side on this one). Chely is being rude and dramatic here.

  76. 76

    I Believe him! Who else hasn't said the wrong thing and not even thought twice

  77. 77

    When is John Wright gonna come out of the closet?

  78. 78

    please file this under "who gives a rat's ass" thank you

  79. 79

    Didn't he used to be in the Village People ?????

  80. 80

    He didn't apologize, P. He had nothing to apologize over. He was just relieved she wasn't gay, so he still had a shot at dating her. Get off your high gay horse, already. Geesh.

  81. 81

    I don't know who he is but it sounds like a perfectly reasonable explanation for his comment. And I wouldn't blame him if he was bitter either, because in her book she's basically branded him a homophobe when what he said could easily have been taken out of context. Maybe she should blame only herself for being such an ashamed gay that she would have a "meltdown" after a comment like that. It's so annoying that a lot of gays (YOU Perez also) are so quick to throw around the homophobe card when it may not even be the case.

  82. Low says – reply to this


    Who the hell is John Wright??

  83. 83

    As far as I'm concerned, there was nothing wrong with what he said. I think Chely may have had her own set of issues that caused her to make more of his statement. She sounds a little flaky to me.

  84. 84

    I thought the same thing when I read the comment. It definitely sounded like something a guy would say if he was interested in a girl. And he makes total sense, if she was so upset from that comment then why did she keep inviting him to different events.

  85. 85

    I think he's sincere and I believe what he said. That's the first thing I thought of, too.

  86. 86

    It was a decade ago, lets see is she going to bring up everyone that said something negative to her or just the famous celebrities that will help sell her book. Don't get me wrong I'm not making excuses for what was said but come on that was so long and like he said why didn't she call let him know how she felt. Instead she waited 10 years and lets him know thur a public statement. That should be between them. All and all I like Chely always did and I'm glad she was able to come out and get her life on track……

  87. 87

    this woman sounds like a real over sensitive (typical lesbian) woman. she sounds like an absalute idiot.

  88. 88

    hmm..it seems there might be some truth to that..
    and i agree with bi-bi-birdie

  89. 89

    I can't stand this guy's "music", but he doesn't deserve the flack. When I first heard about the comment, I thought that was probably where he was coming from.

  90. 90

    No he doesn't seem bitter; what he seems is incredibly gracious in pointing out that some wacko nutcase twisted his obvious intentions in his comments completely out of context, and then apparently tried to support her twisting by assigning to him additional comments he states that he never made.

  91. 91

    Re: Sexsai – LOL what do you think Jesus said was going to happen when he came back?

  92. 92

    Fuck you Perez.