Despite the prestige of his recent projects with folks like David Fincher (The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo) and, well, the maturity that usually comes with being 48, Trent Reznor seems just as volatile as ever.

After Sunday’s Grammy broadcast cut off the Nine Inch Nails frontman’s closing performance, he offered the producers a few choice words about the show via twitter.

Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys.

— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) January 27, 2014

But Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich offered a mea culpa Tuesday to Reznor while conducting a postgame interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“I’m sorry he was upset,” Ehrlich said. “I was really thrilled that we were finally getting him on the Grammys. “I did tell them we’d take it as long as we could. The number was about five, six minutes long, and we got to within a minute twenty of the end.”

“We got as close as we could possibly get.”

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Ehrlich explained that the slot opened up just a few years ago as a way to close the show on a triumphant note, offering such artists as Arcade Fire and LL Cool J the opportunity to perform with some of their fellow artists, and even some of their heroes. Reznor recruited Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters.

Reznor hasn’t responded publicly to the apology, but evidenced by the intensity of his reaction to the experience, perhaps it’s time for him to write a sequel to “Mr. Self Destruct,” the first song from his breakthrough second album The Downward Spiral.


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