One of the more shocking events of late 2013 was the announcement that Slipknot had parted ways with longtime drummer Joey Jordison. The timing felt odd as Jordison had been one of the most vocal members about pushing forward with new music and the band was just starting to ramp up to a new album for 2014. Now a new statement from Jordison has shed further light on his departure.

While both sides have remained mostly mum on the split and details have been scarce, Jordison reveals in a new posting on his Facebook page that he did not quit the band and that he was completely "shocked and blindsided" by the decision. His full statement can be read below:

To my fans, friends, and associates…
I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumors and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot. I want to make it very clear that I DID NOT QUIT SLIPKNOT. This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans. This news has shocked and blindsided me as much as it has all of you. While there is much I would like to say, I must remain silent to further details at this time. I would like to thank you all for your unwavering love and support, and wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.

As for Slipknot, aside from their initial statement on the matter, frontman Corey Taylor told Minneapolis radio station 93X, "I can confirm that we have parted ways with Joey and as soon as we can say something, we will, but we’re trying to protect him, trying to protect us, just making sure that we do everything right because that’s what we would expect from ourselves and what we would expect from the fans.”

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