John Oates Opens Up About Legal Feud with Daryl Hall


John Oates is opening up about his legal feud with former “Hall & Oates” bandmate Daryl Hall. During promotional appearances for his new solo album “Reunion,” Oates sat down with Michael Strahan on “Good Morning America” to discuss tension between the pair following Hall’s lawsuit and restraining order in November.

“When this whole situation got mired in legality and complex legal wranglings, I got frustrated and I said, ‘You know what? Daryl has always wanted to be his own man.’ I said, ‘I’m going to give him the opportunity to do that,'” Oates told Strahan, referring to his attempt to sell off his share of their joint venture, Whole Oats Enterprises LLP.


Oates also told Strahan the duo “never” had many disagreements but added that they “never really talked to each other very much over the past few years.”

“We’ve always looked at ourselves as individuals working together, and I felt like I had the right to do that (sell his half of the company). But, you know, he didn’t,” Oates told Strahan, saying he wanted Hall to have a solo career. Oates echoed his “GMA” comments about Hall during a People interview about “Reunion” published Wednesday, calling the lawsuit “boring, legal mumbo-jumbo.”


“It’s a shame that it had to be aired in public. I have no plans (to play together again). I always felt Daryl wanted to make his mark as a solo artist as well, and in a way, what’s happened has given him the freedom to do whatever he wants. I’m happy for him, and I’m really happy for me. I don’t see any downside to it,” Oates told People. He told Strahan the bandmates would arrive separately to perform their hits at shows and then leave separately while saying the perception of a close bond between the pair is “kind of a fantasy imagination.” Despite his comments, Oates said he loves Hall like a brother and wished him the best, but said brothers disagree and grow apart.

Details of Daryl Hall’s Lawsuit

In November, Hall filed a lawsuit against Oates. Although court documents were sealed, the website for Tennessee’s Davidson County Chancery Court Clerk and Master’s Office verified that Hall filed a complaint against Oates and requested a temporary restraining order on Nov. 16.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the reason behind the legal feud between John Oates and Daryl Hall?

The legal feud stemmed from tension between the pair following Hall’s lawsuit and restraining order in November.

2. When did John Oates discuss the feud with Daryl Hall?

Oates discussed the feud during promotional appearances for his solo album “Reunion” and in interviews with Michael Strahan on “Good Morning America” and People magazine.


3. What did John Oates say about selling his share of Whole Oats Enterprises LLP?

Oates expressed frustration with the legal situation and stated that he wanted to give Hall the opportunity to pursue his solo career by selling his share of the company.

4. Is there any indication of reconciliation between John Oates and Daryl Hall?

Despite expressing love for Hall, Oates stated that he has no plans to play together again and that brothers sometimes disagree and grow apart.


5. What was the response to John Oates’ comments about the feud?

Oates called the lawsuit “boring, legal mumbo-jumbo” and expressed happiness for both himself and Hall to pursue their respective paths.

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