Say It Isn't So: Daryl Hall Takes Out Restraining Order Against John Oates

The temporary order is set to go into effect on November 30

BY Kaelen BellPublished Nov 23, 2023

Daryl Hall and John Oates made some major hits together — "Rich Girl," "Kiss on My List," "Maneater," "Out of Touch," anyone? — but the pair's relationship seems to be less enduring than their bops. 

The two have broken up and come together a few times over the years, and they've always maintained a weirdly professional barrier between them — in a 2017 interview, Hall said that the two "don't have anything to say together creatively" and that "we've always insisted on our full names is because we consider ourselves to be two individual artists. We're not really a classic duo in that respect." Things seem to have taken a more intense turn in recent years, however, and it's now been revealed that Hall has taken out a restraining order against Oates. 

UPDATE (11/23, 11:15 a.m. ET): As reported by TMZ, the restraining order in question was granted as a result of arbitration between the two artists regarding which songs John Oates and Daryl Hall can perform as solo acts. 

As Philadelphia and Variety report, Hall filed the temporary restraining order last week, and it's set to go into effect on November 30. Alongside the order, Hall also filed a contract lawsuit against Oates, though the contents of the complaint are under seal.

Last year, Hall was a guest on Bill Maher's Club Random podcast and said some interesting things about his rocky, long-standing partnership with Oates: "You think John Oates is my partner? … He's my business partner. He's not my creative partner." 

Things must have taken a turn relatively quickly, as the pair were still playing live shows in fall 2022.

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