American Idol’s Luke Bryan feared he’d be FIRED from Fox series following ‘tasteless’ Dustin Lynch introduction quipping about ‘drugs and STD tests’

Luke Bryan feared he would be fired from American Idol after coming under fire following his ‘tasteless’ introduction of Dustin Lynch at a music festival in Mexico in January 2023.

Lynch (38) appeared on the Tuesday podcast God’s Countrydetailing the fallout from Bryan’s controversial introduction of him at the Crash My Playa festival.

Bryan, 47, was worried and anxious about his place in the series, Lynch said after introducing himself by saying: ‘No one drank more, no one threw up anymore, no one did drugs anymore, no one no more drinking. IVs, no one has passed more STD tests than this next gentleman.’

Lynch said he and Bryan monitored the online reaction to Bryan’s viral comments in real time as the story went viral, and was initially upset by the backlash: ‘We look at all these articles that pop up like, “Oh, shit.” ‘

At the time, Lynch said Bryan told him to make a public apology, as he was “concerned” about his spot on American Idol.

Luke Bryan feared he would be fired from American Idol after coming under fire after his 'tasteless' introduction of Dustin Lynch at a music festival in Mexico in January 2023

Lynch, 38, appeared on the podcast God's Country on Tuesday and detailed the fallout from Bryan's controversial introduction of him at the Crash My Playa festival

Luke Bryan (left) feared he would be fired from American Idol after coming under fire after his ‘tasteless’ introduction of Dustin Lynch (right) at a music festival in Mexico in January 2023

“Who cares about the country music thing?” Lynch said. “It’s American Idol … he gets to where he can’t sleep at night because he’s worried.”

Bryan’s only intention was “to be funny” in his introduction, Lynch said, but crossed the line of good taste with the references to sex and drug abuse.

“He starts going down this path of just bashing me and to the point where I’m looking at his manager like, ‘Dang,'” Lynch said of Bryan, who has been a judge on the music competition since 2018 alongside Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.

Fans were quick to react on social media, branding the speech ‘tasteless’ and expressing their disappointment in the American Idol star’s comments.

One wrote: ‘I love Luke but he sounded like an idiot making that intro sad’ while another typed: ‘What Luke said about Dustin is so undeserving of being said. Dustin deserved a better introduction than this.

Another typed: ‘I understand he may have been drunk and he was joking but as a DL fan this is disgusting of Luke to do.’

Another wrote: ‘What Luke Bryan said about Dustin Lynch is absolutely unnecessary! No one deserves an introduction to the stage like Luke did to Dustin.’

One fan wrote: ‘I’m very disappointed in what Luke said about Dustin which was not cool at all’ while a second wrote: ‘Keep it up no talent Luke! You’ll soon be playing to empty stadiums.’

Bryan was slammed by fans for his rough introduction to a performance by Dustin Lynch

Bryan was slammed by fans for his rough introduction to a performance by Dustin Lynch

Bryan added: 'No one drank more booze, no one threw up more, no one took more drugs, no one took more IVs, no one passed more STD tests than this next gentleman'

Bryan added: ‘No one drank more booze, no one threw up more, no one took more drugs, no one took more IVs, no one passed more STD tests than this next gentleman’

The longtime country music colleagues were pictured in Nashville in 2018

The longtime country music colleagues were pictured in Nashville in 2018

The entertainers are pictured sharing the stage in 2016 in Indio, California

The entertainers are pictured sharing the stage in 2016 in Indio, California

Fury: Fans took to social media to fire up Bryan

Fury: Fans took to social media to put Bryan on blast

Another wrote: ‘Drunk or not, this is so tasteless and unnecessary. I lost so much respect after seeing this.

“If someone talked about Luke’s nieces the way he has Dustin, Luke would destroy their reputation! Remember the stone you roll will come back to you Lukas!

Other fans supported Bryan, writing: ‘I think he was funny’ while another wrote: ‘Ever thought they were really good friends?’

Lynch said Tuesday that in a move that “just shows you what kind of guy Luke is,” Bryan asked him for the email addresses of his parents, to apologize to them for his comments.

Bryan would go on to apologize, saying that his off-color comments were made out of “complete sarcasm,” and that Lynch is one of his “dearest friends on the planet.”

American Idol’s 22nd season is expected to debut on February 18 at 8/7c on ABC.