On the heels of Slipknot's December 12, 2013 announcement that they were parting ways with drummer Joey Jordison for vague, unelaborated reasons, Jordison released a statement dispelling rumors that he quit.

"I want to make it very clear that I did not quit Slipknot," the statement read. "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."

Slipknot's original announcement asked for fans' patience on a detailed explanation regarding the split with Jordison.

"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," the December 12 announcement read.

Slipknot singer Corey Taylor posted a message to Twitter December 29, writing that the band was not falling apart.

Jordison continues to tour with his new band, Scar the Martyr, which he began working with while still a member of Slipknot.

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