Kid Rock ditches Detroit restaurant after Oprah Winfrey rant

Kid Rock 2019s Made In Detroit restaurant in Detroit Michigan

Kid Rock 2019s Made In Detroit restaurant in Detroit Michigan |Raymond Boyd Getty Images

Rock issued a statement on Facebook following the incident, saying "My people tried to get me to do The Oprah Winfrey show years ago and her people wanted me to write down 5 reasons why I loved her and her show". The restaurant opened in 2017 in the arena that's home to the Detroit Pistons and Red Wings.

The news comes after the singer and musician was recently filmed delivering a vulgarity-laced rant against Oprah Winfrey.

An Ilitch Holdings official said Wednesday Kid Rock "voluntarily decided" not to renew the deal coming up in April for the Little Caesars Arena restaurant. Trump 2020! 250k donated to Eastern Market for the Kid Rock community kitchen 250k donated for the Barbara Bush reading innovative in Detroit 1m raised to help save The DSO many, many more 10's if not 100's of thousands of dollars raised and donated in Detroit by Kid Rock'.

Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Richie, posted a message on Facebook, confirming that he "will not be renewing my licensing agreement for my Made In Detroit Restaurant this April".

A Detroit activist group, meanwhile, gathered Wednesday along Woodward and called for the space to be transformed into a minority-owned restaurant - though that may not be possible because of existing contractual arrangements at LCA.

"We are in the business of unbelievable and inspiring our fans and guests through an incredible array of world-class sporting and live entertainment events", Ilitch Holdings President of Sports and Entertainment Chris Granger says.

A statement from Ilitch Holdings, which manages the arena, obtained by the AP, said that its "venues are open, inviting, inclusive and respectful to all".

The Made in Detroit restaurant features rock- and Southern-themed food offerings, along with the array of Kid Rock memorabilia. Rock also opened the arena with a string of six concerts.

Kid Rock was referencing the not-for-profit civil-rights organization National Action Network (NAN), founded by the Reverend Al Sharpton, with whom the rocker has clashed over the years.

That may not be possible: Restaurants, concessions and other food operations at LCA are contracted to the NY hospitality company Delaware North.

I will not be renewing my licensing agreement for my Made In Detroit Restaurant this April.

The Associated Press sent an email seeking comment from a spokesman for Kid Rock.

Earlier Wednesday, Rock confirmed the non-renewal of his LCA agreement. He adds, "I guess the millions of dollars I pumped into that town was not enough".

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