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Faces & Names: Kiss and tell for Gene Simmons

Kiss’s Gene Simmons played offense during a panel about his new AMC show “4th and Loud,” mocking his ex-bandmates’ struggles with addiction.

Simmons and a more diplomatic Paul Stanley took the stage at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Friday to discuss their new reality show about the L.A. Kiss, their Arena Football Team.

Asked why he and Stanley were the only original Kiss members who remain in the band, Simmons

wasn’t kind.

“Why would you dump your best friend who became a crackhead and a loser?” he asked. “We love and respect those guys for what they did at the outset of the band, and they succumbed to the cliches of cliches, which is drugs and alcohol. Are you kidding me? If you’re going to pass the ball to your teammate and they can’t see where the goal is, they’ve got to leave.”

Original Kiss-mates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss have both been open about their struggles with addiction.

Stanley opined that being in the band at the start didn’t guarantee lifetime membership “if you can no longer uphold your end.”