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Ryan Murphy Defends Himself Against "Megalomania" Charges

Ryan Murphy, super chill dude.

Ryan Murphy admits that he "appear[s] gruff and taciturn," but that's only because he's spread so thin. Plus, it's practically in his job description. "My job is to be a showrunner or a director and to have a vision or a point of view," he told the Deadline in a long interview that started by asking him about Glee's Emmy nominations, but eventually got around to addressing the recent firing-hiring-spin-off mess and his general reputation. So is he a "megalomaniac"? "My response to that is I see something a certain way and it's my job to do it. I'm paid to do that. I have a responsibility to Fox to do that."

On the difference between the first and second seasons: "I think our first season was spectacular. I think our second season was good."

On going "too far": "I think the condom demonstration was a road to far. I think showing a kid masturbating was a bridge too far ... I think that sometimes we get a bit preachy. I have felt that with the gay thing. I think sometimes we say in three sentences what we can say in one."

On the odd use of Willy Wonka's "Pure Imagination" at a funeral: "That's what happened at my father's funeral. It was the Willy Wonka song."

On the odd use of Willy Wonka's "Pure Imagination" at a funeral: "That's what happened at my father's funeral. It was the Willy Wonka song."

On the last few weeks, and the firing, no it's a sequel! kerfuffle: "Twitter was bad. I was for a solid week the Anti-Christ. 'What an asshole. He’s a dick. He doesn’t take care of his actors. He doesn’t respect his actors.' It became a rash of bad publicity that all of us sort of had to endure. The thing that hurt me the most was to open up a website and see a headline that says, 'Lea Michele fired. Chris Colfer fired.' That would never happen. And I felt badly for them and I reached out to them."

Also, he feels stupid about the whole Kings of Leon fight.

And that's what you missed on Glee! [Deadline]

Photo: Fox