Kid Rock has announced that he's paid off a number of layaway accounts at a Walmart in Nashville, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Saying he was inspired by filmmaker Tyler Perry making a similar gesture last week, Rock paid out $81,000 to settle 350 layaway accounts.
Rock tweeted about his actions, writing, “@tylerperry Great idea! I followed your lead and paid off the layaway at my local Walmart in Nashville. Merry Christmas and God Bless You!”
Walmart manager Tom Meyer stated, “Kudos to Kid Rock for making such a gesture in our community, saying that Rock called the store on Friday morning (December 7th), explained what he wanted to do and later came down to the store to pay off the balances. Customers who came to the store to check on their accounts received cards from Rock stating, “Merry Christmas from your neighbor.”
The singer, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, was removed as Grand Marshal of Nashville’s 2018 Christmas Parade two weeks ago, following backlash over comments he made during a television appearance on Fox & Friends during which he called The View co-host Joy Behar a “bitch.”
Rock remarked, “I apologize for the language, not the sentiment,” later noting that Behar had criticized him along with Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin for visiting Donald Trump at the White House in 2017. But Rock was still replaced as Grand Marshall of the Nashville parade when both city councilman Freddie O’Connell and mayor David Briley suggested that they would not participate if Rock was involved.