Joey Jordison says ‘cowardly’ Slipknot fired him via email because they thought he was on drugs

Drummer has explained how health problems stopped him from being in the band

Ex-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has described his departure from the band as “cowardly”, revealing that he was fired via email because the other members thought he was on drugs.

Jordison parted ways with the metal outfit in 2013, with his departure cited at the time as due to “personal reasons”. He had been in the group since 1995, releasing four albums with the band.

Last week, the musician revealed that ill health was the reason for him being unable to perform with the group. Jordison suffers from a neurological disorder called transverse myelitis.


Speaking to Metal Hammer, the sticksman claimed that he was fired over email. “No band meeting? None. Anything from management? No, nothing. All I got was a stupid fucking email saying I was out of the band that I busted my ass my whole life to fucking create.”

“That’s exactly what happened and it was hurtful. I didn’t deserve that shit after what I’d done and everything I’d been through.”

“They got confused about my health issues and obviously even I didn’t know what it was at first,” he continued. “They thought I was fucked up on drugs, which I wasn’t at all.”

“I’ve been through so many things with those guys and I love them very much. What’s hurtful is the way it went down was not fucking right. That’s all I want to say. The way they did it was fucking cowardly. It was fucked up.”

The other members of Slipknot have not yet responded to Jordison’s claims.



However, Jordison also said that he would sit down with the band to discuss the possibility of him rejoining.

“Honestly, I’m not trying to be dramatic, but if that was brought up, what I’d want to do would be to get together,” he is quoted as saying.

“I’d want to see them, just hug it out and feel that energy that we had when we were fucking young and hungry and all that shit.”

Continuing, Jordison added: “They’re my brothers. We’d hug and talk and do shit like we used to do. We used to sit up all night along planning this shit and what we wanted to do. So that’s how I’d wanna do it.”

“It’d have to be in person. If it happened, that would be fucking awesome, but only time will tell.”

Jordison also went on to describe the band’s latest album ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ – the only Slipknot full-length he hasn’t played on – as “great”.

“I listened to the whole record multiple times,” he told Metal Hammer. “And I think it’s great. It’s fucking cool and I’m glad they moved on.”

“I’m glad they’re carrying on the name, because what’s important is the fans.”