Drummer Joey Jordison has stunned Slipknot fans by suggesting he was "shocked and blindsided" when he found out he was no longer part of the group. A statement posted on the heavy metal band's website last month (Dec13) informed fans that Jordison, one of the group's founding members, had left after 18 years citing "personal reasons". However, the musician has now fuelled gossip over his departure by alleging it was not his decision to leave. In a message posted on his Facebook.com account, Jordison writes, "I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumours and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot. I want to make it very clear that I did not quit Slipknot. "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."