Dave Coulier Says Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" Isn't About Him After Years of Hinting It Was
Joey Gladstone would tell you to cut. it. out. because Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" is not about Dave Coulier. Well, that's what Coulier is now insisting, despite the fact that he's said it was about him three times already. In a new interview with Buzzfeed, Coulier addresses what he calls an "urban legend" that he's the subject of Morissette's Grammy winning track. "First of all, the guy in that song is a real a-hole, so I don’t want to be that guy," Coulier says.
Secondly, I asked Alanis, "I’m getting calls by the media and they want to know who this guy is." And she said, "Well, you know it could be a bunch of people. But you can say whatever you want."
And so throughout the years, Coulier did say whatever he wanted, and what he said was that the song was about him.
In 1997, The Boston Herald reportedly quoted the spokesperson for Boston's Comedy Connection (Coulier's job at the time) as saying that Coulier "admitted the lines are very close to home. Especially the one about ‘an older version of me’ and bugging him ‘in the middle of dinner.' He said she used to do that all the time."
Then in 2008, Coulier was directly quoted in an interview with the Calgary Sun saying, "I listened to the song over and over again, and I said, 'I think I have really hurt this person.'"
And in 2013 during an interview with HuffPost Live, Coulier copped to being the song's subject for a third time, detailing the lyric "I hate to bug you in the middle of dinner" as the one that really made him think it was about him. “When I heard the line, it was like, ‘uh-oh,’” Coulier said explaining that Morissette had called him one night after they had already broken up, interrupting his evening meal. “She called and I said, ‘Hey, you know, I’m right in the middle of dinner. Can I just call you right back?’” Watch his full answer below:
But despite confirming the so-called "urban legend" three times, Coulier is now taking it all back:
One time, I was doing a red carpet somewhere and [the press] just wore me down and everybody wanted to know so I said, “Yeah, all right, I’m the guy. There I said it.” So then it became a snowball effect of, “OH! So you are the guy!” It’s just become this silly urban legend that I just have to laugh at.
Urban legend or not, it's hard for Coulier to fault us for thinking "You Oughta Know" is about him when he's volunteered that answer directly from his own mouth. Now that he's taking it back, who does he want us to believe? Dave or Dave? As Michelle Tanner would say, "You're in big trouble, mister!"