Kid Rock: I Was Provoked Into Waffle House Fight

10/25/2007 at 01:30 PM EDT

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Kid Rock says he was just trying to have fun and buy everybody breakfast at a Waffle House early Sunday morning when he was provoked into the fight that got him booked on a misdemeanor battery charge.

"We were celebrating. We had a great show that night," he told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show Thursday. "We were hungry, it was late at night, we'd been doing some drinking. I know the people work hard at the Waffle House. I tipped the people behind the counter, I gave them $300 to split up, bought everyone breakfast in there. We were having a good time. And one kid just started [talking]. ... One thing led to another, and windows were broken."

He added, in the words of Johnny Cash, that what followed was a lot of "cussin' and fussin' in the mud and the blood and beer."

The 36-year-old rocker said his adversary even seemed to have a plan. "The kid even said before the whole thing, 'I hope you hit me, I'll sue the hell out of you.' And I'm like, 'Take a number.' "

For all his bravado, Kid Rock (real name: Bob Richie) said he doesn't want to be thought of as a violent person. "The last thing I want is that reputation," he said. "I believe in just standing up for things I believe in, and being honest, and sometimes it gets me in a little bit of trouble."

Moving on to another potentially contentious topic, DeGeneres asked Kid Rock if he and ex-wife Pamela Anderson are still friendly.

"Not really. I don't think we're unfriendly," he replied.

Asked if he'd bought Anderson and Rick Salomon a wedding present, he laughed and said, "No. I'm still waiting to get my ring back!"

Still, he did send his best wishes to Anderson's two sons. "In all honesty, I hope the two boys, Brandon and Dylan, are doing well," he said. "I think about them a lot, and I hope they're good."

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