‘I’m Off the Clock’: Daughtry Ditches Fox & Friends Attempt to Sing ‘My Country Tis of Thee’

Former American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry stepped in a pile of outrage this weekend when he awkwardly ditched a Fox & Friends attempt to sing “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” during the morning show’s after-show.

Friday morning was the 70th anniversary of the D-Day attacks, and so F&F host Steve Doocy suggested Daughtry (whose band was off-stage) sing a patriotic tune with the hosts, including Anna Kooiman, Clayton Morris, and Heather Childers.

Caught off-guard by the request, Daughtry joked that he is “off the clock,” which prompted some laughter and then an awkward pause in which the hosts fiddled around and seemingly tried to figure out what to do with themselves.

Childers grabbed a tambourine and declared it time to sing “My Country,” with Kooiman on lead. Daughtry turned to leave, telling the co-hosts they’ve “opened a can of worms,” and that “this is where I bail.”

Doocy and Morris followed suit, (with Doocy saying “smart man”) while Kooiman climbed down the front of the stage to find a young girl to lead the patriotic song.

Watch the entire awkward encounter below, via Fox:

As you can imagine, Fox viewers were not pleased. Outrage aggregator Twitchy compiled a list of viewers saying they will remove Daughtry from their iTunes. And Eric Bolling took a few moments out of The Five to blast Daughtry for “disrespecting” America on a solemn day like the D-Day anniversary.

After considerable backlash, Daughtry took to his YouTube page to apologize, explaining that he was caught unprepared by the “patriotic song” request and was worried that had he messed up the lyrics or sang poorly, there would be even worse backlash than the one he faces now. Watch that below:

[h/t Saving the Republic]

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