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Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus Wants to ‘Let This Eric Church Thing Go’

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It’s one of the most well-known stories in country music — Rascal Flatts kicking Eric Church off of their Me & My Gang Tour in 2006 because of his alleged refusal to exit the stage on time, and replacing him with brand-new teen singing sensation Taylor Swift.

While Church says he was “banished to the wilderness” after his removal from the tour, and that “nobody would touch us,” after a few years away from the spotlight, he seems to have rebounded better than ever, with his 2011 album, ‘Chief,’ selling well over a million units.

But in spite of his success, the story continues to circulate, thanks in part to Swift’s reference to the incident when she accepted the Pinnacle Award at the 2013 CMA Awards. The Flatts even spoke about it recently, calling Church’s actions back then “disrespectful,” and saying it “wasn’t worth the trouble” to keep him out on the road. But now, it seems, they are ready to put the entire issue to rest for good.

Rascal Flatts have gone on record saying they no longer hold any ill will towards the country rocker. “The thing is, we really don’t have anything against Eric Church at all,” they insist. “Every time we see him … it’s fine.”

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