Jon Bon Jovi Denies Firing Richie Sambora

Reports yesterday suggested Bon Jovi's wife wanted Sambora to be pushed out the band for his hard-partying lifestyle, but he says it's not true.

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Jon Bon Jovi has denied reports that he pushed Richie Sambora from the band for his hard-partying lifestyle.

A source had claimed that Jon's wife Dorothea wanted to keep their tour free of drink and drugs, and that Sambora's stream of drinking with "Hollywood bimbos" was a negative influence.

Now Jon has disputed these claims, and says Sambora really did quit to deal with the personal issues that were originally given as his reason for departure.

"I think Richie's doing all right, [but] I haven't spoken to him," he told the Austin American Statesman. "We were surprised. It was 3:30 on show day on Tuesday and we got a phone call that he wouldn't be there. It's a personal matter."

The only public word from Sambora on the matter is a recent tweet addressing fans:

"Thank you everyone for your concern. I'm well, but had to stay in LA to take care of a personal matter. Love you all and see you very soon."

Clearly Sambora does have some personal issues which mean he can't function on tour, and maybe Jon Bon Jovi did put some pressure on the guitarist to straighten up his act. But according to these latest comments, Sambora really did leave on his own accord in the end.

"Don't believe what you read on TMZ because it's the furthest thing from the truth," added Jon.

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    Am I the only one who finds it weird that Jon didn't talk to Richie ? I mean if it was so concerning wouldn't it be... decent to actually show concern for a bandmate ?
    They don't talk. They do their promo things, but really don't socialize other than that. That's why I knew the partying thing was bogus.
    Am I the only one who finds it weird that everyone believes everything that is written? The band members talk all the time! The are also all best friends & the employee's of Jon. Did it ever occur to you that it was Richie who chose not to talk to Jon, which is not Jon's fault. He can't force Richie to talk to him. Richie could have been in rehab, high, or any number of things ~ Jon has & always will care deeply for his band of brothers, even if that means finally showing some tough love for his close friend & lead guitarist. He's cancelled tours often due to Richie's relapses and has been there for Richie every single time. Wish I could say the same for most of those posting on here. As a former JBJ employee, I've never seen such care, compassion & unconditional love from anyone that comes close to Jon's. Reading these posts just verifies what I've known all along, you really have no idea what your talking about.
    Jon Bon Jovi should be more concerned with the way he raises his smack-addict daughter and less about the fact that Richie Sambora loves drinking beer, doing blow, and banging hot blonde chicks. Then again, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.
    @justin What on earth gives you the impression Jon hasn't been & isn't extremely concerned about his daughter, just like any father of a 18+ yr. old.? She is an adult & can't be babysat 24/7. Did you ever consider the fact that having one of his best friends/lead guitarist relapsing on drugs, alcohol etc. yet again, does not set a good example for his daughter? BTW: Richie was the one who cancelled out of this leg of the tour. Jon has been & always will be there for Richie, canceling tours so Richie could get the help he needed, over & over & over again. People complain when the tours are cancelled & complain if they aren't due to Richie not being there. There is no way someone in the public eye can ever win. Yes, it is your opinion, everyone has one. The fact is, you are wrong.
    Richie S is awesome
    So awesome he's letting thousands of fans down by doing the things he's done. Sometimes these guys need to take responsibility. How come it's right for Richie Sambora but wrong for the likes of Wayne Rooney? Everybody slammed Rooney when he swore on camera and other stuff. They're both role models and both should be responsible for their actions. And yes, I'm ranting because I'm disappointed the entire band won't be at a gig I've paid to go see in this year.
    Big difference between sport stars and rock stars. Isn't part of the appeal of being a rock star partying and Hollywood bimbos?
    A part being a rockstar is being a rockstar, not being a BlTCH of Hollywood
    So you're gay?
    I recommend you read the article currently on the homepage of UG: 'Alice in Chains: 'Teaching People That Being Gay is a Mortal Sin is a Huge Problem''. It might benefit you.
    lmao. I am completely and 100 percent in agreement with AIC. All I did was ask a question. Why you so butthurt? Read the history of my're sooo wrong. Don't get your panties in a bunch.
    Nowadays things have changed a bit. It looks cool to be a good guy. But i'm sure if the Bon Jovi guys were prudes from the beginning they wouldn't be famous at all. It's all a matter of choosing to stay true to your roots or adapting to new times. (PS: I blame feminism.)
    I haven't really seen anything in public yet from either of them which would indicate that this is any kind of permanent separation. Can I be the only one who sees it that way? Richie's "see you soon" comment makes it seem as if he'll rejoin the rest of the guys once his "personal matter" gets cleared up.
    Gerard Way Jr
    In other news, BJ still blows
    I said it once and I say it again: "MCR fans don't have a right to have an opinion against Bon Jovi... shame on you."
    Bon Jovi is my favorite hard rock band and along Metallica and Dream Theater the biggest band in my youth, but MCR has two good songs.
    I don't care what happened to him. Let Phil X take the lead. The guy is amazing. Maybe bring some life back to BJ.
    No, Jon needs to stop singing EVERY song in the same tone and stop slurring lyrics. And try to put the energy back in his music. Maybe put out a REAL rock album again. I just saw them last month, and Richie was the only thing that saved the show.
    Hey Jon, maybe Richie's personal matter is your wife is a **** and sticking her nose in where it doesn't belong? For some reason it's hard for me to side with Bon Jovi on this one, at least they managed to get PhilX to cover at least people who bought tickets wont be completely let down.
    Drugs & alcohol WERE the fuel of rock & roll, are you still living in the '60's - '80's? When Doc was managing the band, drugs & alcohol almost killed the members & Doc continued to shove coke up their noses in the name of $$$. He didn't care about his cash cows & just kept pushing. They are human beings with flaws & weaknesses just like everyone here. Ever since Jon, not Dorothea, put the band back together, there has been a no drinking/drugs policy which JON strictly enforced. Whenever Ritchie or any member relapsed, their health came first. Jon has cancelled many tours due to Ritchie's relapses and everyone complained they should have continued w/o Ritchie. It's a loose/loose with you all. Jon may, with good reason, feel yet another Ritchie relapse needs to be dealt with tough love. If you are truly fans, care about the members health first ~ Jon does.
    @socallady10 Thanks For Your Comment You Said Exactly What I Was Thinking! Bon Jovi Fans Must Think Alike
    My first Bon Jovi concert this year, it's a shame Richie won't be there but i understand if he needs to take time to resolve personal issues, he has my full support.
    bon jovi without Richie is just not right, he sings where john cant anymore for Christ sake, the guy wrote the soundtrack for my life, even my wedding song. please be back for hampden park
    who the hell does dorothea think she is? Thst's part of being a rock star! SERIOUSLY JON NEEDS TO DUMP HER ASS!
    Whoa now...don't think for one minute these guitarist elists on the UG forum will stand for you saying that banging blonde hollywood bimbos is okay for a rock star to do!!! Oh no, these elitist typing warriors and part time guitar tab readers are the cream of the crop of all things music and frown upon anything that is fun about rock and roll. So son...practice your scales, claim that you have inside information on some obscure Doom Metal band that makes you above all else, and whatever you not say sex, drugs, and rock and roll holds any appeal whatsoever. You will get negative ratings.