Waffle House hero steps in for Kid Rock to lead Nashville Christmas Parade

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A community hero stepped into the role as grand marshal for the Nashville Christmas Parade as a last-minute replacement Saturday for Kid Rock, who got the boot for his profane comments on live TV.

James Shaw Jr. hopped into a horse-drawn carriage Saturday to lead the parade, news outlets reported. Kid Rock was nowhere to be seen as the parade started along its route, according to The Tennessean .

Shaw was hailed as a hero for wrestling a gun away from the shooter during a Nashville Waffle House shooting in April that killed four people and injured four others. On Saturday, Shaw was joined in the carriage by relatives of Akilah Dasilva, a musician who was killed in the shooting.

"It warms the heart to be here with the Dasilva family," Shaw said.

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SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 16: James Shaw Jr. accepts award onstage the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 22: Waffle House patron James Shaw, Jr. discusses the shooting at a Waffle House where a gunman opened fire killing four and injuring two at a press conference on April 22, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. . Shaw, Jr., 29, took action disarming the gunman and ultimately forcing him out of the Waffle House restaurant. Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, IL, is person of interest in the shooting and is suspected to have left the scene naked. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 16: James Shaw Jr. accepts award from Actor Chadwick Boseman onstage at the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
2018 BET Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, U.S., 24/06/2018 - John Legend (not pictured) introduces six people for "Hero's Row," (from R) James Shaw Jr., Naomi Wadler, Mamoudou Gassama, Justin Blackman, Shaun King and Anthony Borges. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 16: James Shaw Jr. attends the 2018 Black Music Honors at Tennessee Performing Arts Center on August 16, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 22: Waffle House patron James Shaw, Jr. who stopped the shooting at a Waffle House where a gunman opened fire killing four and injuring two attends a press conference on April 22, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. . Shaw, Jr., 29, took action disarming the gunman and ultimately forcing him out of the Waffle House restaurant. Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, IL, is person of interest in the shooting and is suspected to have left the scene naked. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Anthony Borges (L) and James Shaw Jr. accept Hero awards onstage at the 2018 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/VMN18/Getty Images for BET)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 16: (L-R) Chadwick Boseman, James Shaw Jr., and actor Michael B. Jordan attend the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Chris Polk/VMN18/Getty Images for MTV)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 22: Waffle House patron James Shaw, Jr. (C) who stopped the shooting at a Waffle House where a gunman opened fire killing four and injuring two attends a press conference with FBI Special Agent In Charge, Matthew Espenshade (L) and Metro Nashville Mayor David Briley (right) on April 22, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Shaw, Jr., 29, took action disarming the gunman and ultimately forcing him out of the Waffle House restaurant. Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, IL, is person of interest in the shooting and is suspected to have left the scene naked. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 16: Donna Farizan (L) and James Shaw Jr. attend the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/VMN18/Getty Images for MTV)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 16: James Shaw Jr. attends the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 29: Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette, Roman Josi #59 and P.K. Subban #76 pose with Waffle House shooting hero James Shaw Jr., third from left, and his friends prior to Game Two of the Western Conference Second Round against the Winnipeg Jets during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 29, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 16: James Shaw Jr. attends the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Kid Rock posted on Instagram that his parade "had been rained on" and he would instead spend the day with his family.

"Sending well wishes for a break in the rain and a successful parade," he wrote. "I love Nashville and the people she holds. But remember ... Rock 'n Roll never forgets!"

Kid Rock was ousted after using an expletive to describe television personality Joy Behar during an interview Friday on "Fox & Friends." He did the interview from his bar in Nashville, where the musician swigged bourbon while tending bar on camera and said he had been drinking coffee and Irish cream liqueur.

"God forbid you say something a little wrong; you're racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, this that and the other. People need to calm down, get a little less politically correct," Kid Rock said. "And I would say, you know, love everybody. Except, I'd say screw that Joy Behar (expletive)."

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Kid Rock inducts rock band Cheap Trick at the 31st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 25: Singer/Songwriter Kid Rock visits at SiriusXM Studios on February 25, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0216 -- Pictured: Musical guest Kid Rock performs on February 23, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 05: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Kid Rock performs live onstage during the 2014 Louder Than Life Festival at Champions Park on October 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joey Foley/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0168 -- Pictured: Musical guest Kid Rock performs on November 21, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 05: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Kid Rock performs live onstage during the 2014 Louder Than Life Festival at Champions Park on October 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joey Foley/WireImage)
CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 20: Kid Rock performs on last night of 8 sold out shows during the $20 Best Night Ever Tour at DTE Energy Center on August 20, 2013 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 14: Kid Rock performs during the $20 Best Night Ever Tour at DTE Energy Music Theater on August 14, 2013 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
Kid Rock performs during Live Nation?s National Concert Day in New York May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Recording artist Kid Rock performs prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Recording Artist Kid Rock poses with The Harley J. Earl Trophy before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Recording Artist Kid Rock performs prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Recording artist Kid Rock presents an award during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 18: Recording artist Kid Rock appears during Tiger Jam 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 18: Recording artist Kid Rock performs during Tiger Jam 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Multiple "Fox & Friends" personalities apologized on air afterward. Kid Rock apologized for the language but "not the sentiment."

Behar, a host on The View, is a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, while Kid Rock is a Trump supporter.

Several parade organizers announced Friday evening that the parade would no longer feature Kid Rock, who had volunteered to be the grand marshal.

Proceeds from the parade are going to the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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