SLIPKNOT recently issued the following announcement:
"To our Maggots and fans around the world,
It is with great pain but quiet respect, that for personal reasons Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds. We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future. It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of Slipknot."
Jordison has finally spoken up and issued the following statement regarding the situation:
"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."