Glee Creator Ryan Murphy Reveals His Least Favorite Performance — Watch

It wasn’t the biggest news Ryan Murphy dropped during Wednesday’s Watch What Happens Live, but the Glee creator did admit one musical number from the Fox comedy that still makes him cringe — and we can’t say we disagree.

When asked by a caller which song he regrets doing most, Murphy didn’t even hesitate before answering, “I am mortified that we did ‘Gangsta Style’ by Psy. I will say, like, not our finest moment.” (Fellow guest Taran Killam quickly corrected the song title for Murphy, to which he said with a laugh, “I can’t believe I got that wrong.”)

As you may recall, “Gangnam Style” was performed by McKinley High’s New Directions for Sectionals in Season 4. The gang put on a boisterous display, complete with confetti cannons, piggy-backing and a whole bunch of (mostly) white kids singing in Korean.

For what it’s worth, TVLine shared its picks for the worst Glee numbers back in 2015, and “Gangnam Style” came in at No. 2 — right behind the why-God-why performance of “What Does the Fox Say?” (If it says anything other than “I’m sorry for this,” we don’t want to hear it.)

Hit PLAY on the video above to relive Murphy’s least favorite performance, then drop a comment: What’s yours?

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16 Comments
  1. Sam says:

    The worst Glee performances, tied for first, are all the attempts at the Rocky Horror songs.

  2. hmm, the whole of season 5, 6 except the finale

  3. Luis Roman says:

    My vote for worst Glee performance? Ryan Murphy abandoning the show after Season 3.

  4. joe says:

    Thong song I think season 1?

  5. Court says:

    The most valuable lesson learned in this clip is that Gangnam Style is performance kryptonite for Supergirl.

  6. Meghan says:

    I had a feeling he would say Gangham Style before I read the article! I remember that performance. At least they had Tina as the featured vocalist I guess… *eyeroll*. I don’t remember the The Fox performance at all.

  7. Liz says:

    Yeah, Glee didn’t help itself when it started to jump on every single ‘trendy’ song out there instead of using songs that were more integral to moving the plot along.

  8. ggny says:

    For me that was literally the downfall of Glee.

  9. Cate says:

    I was a Gleek to the end, but Gangnam Style was pretty awful. It was not really a proper song, it was a funny video and a beat! It’s no coincidence the worst numbers were usually terrible songs e.g. this, What the Fox Says, Thong Song..

  10. RichieS says:

    Does anyone agree with me that the BEST Glee performance was Jonathan Groff’s ” Bohemian Rhapsody ” ?

  11. Jamie says:

    I’m pretty sure that my ears are still bleeding from Glee’s version of “…Baby One More Time.”