The Weeknd Expected Negative Reaction To ‘The Idol’

Tiffany Brockworth |

The Weeknd says he isn’t surprised by all of the hate he’s been receiving for his HBO Max series, “The Idol.” In fact, he says he expected it.

“We’re playing with genres with this show, we’re doing exactly what we wanted to do,” he said via PEOPLE. “And none of this is a surprise.”

Reports surfaced that the star was initially unhappy with Lily-Rose Depp getting too much screentime and demanded the show center on him. He has been labeled as “sleazy” and “narcissistic” for the way the show turned out.

“It’s almost educational, that this is what comes with being incredibly famous,” he said. “You’re surrounded by people who you’re not sure what their true intentions are, even if it seems like they’re good. You just never know.”

“Nothing is worse than a yes-man, especially when you have a bunch of yes-men around you,” he continued. “And when you see a character like Nikki [Katz, Jocelyn’s record-label executive], who’s not a yes-man, she might seem like a bad person, but then you kind of like her for being honest. So it’s a very complicated situation for Jocelyn.”

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