The band was onstage at the iHeartRadio Theater when, during a performance of their ballad, “Survive You,” Knight quickly and silently walked off the stage. With no explanation available to the rest of the band, singers Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood and Jordan Knight were forced to make jokes and continue on with the show.
When a comment about Jonathan’s bathroom break failed to return the missing singer to the stage, McIntyre reportedly said simply, “We love Jonathan and he loves us.”
Although there is no explanation from Jonathan Knight about why he left, the singer did post an apology to fans on Twitter:
Since Knight has dealt with anxiety issues in the past, there is a good chance that this played into the abrupt departure on Thursday.
NKOTB first hit the music scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s, quickly becoming the biggest boy-band sensation in years. While the group took a lengthy hiatus as fame faded, they reformed in recent years. The sold-out, Thursday-night concert was part of the promotion for their newest studio album, “10.” Assuming all members of the group are good to go, the New Kids are expected to go on tour with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees this summer.