Harry didnt go on Dans podcast not because 'Simon couldn't make him' unless you think 'Simon' made Niall and Liam play ball with Dan? The whole point of Holo was to distance Harry from his past and elevate him over his old bandmates who 'still did the same things for promo'. To distance Harry from the things we knew were 1DHQ tainted and make it seem as if HSHQ had nothing to do with the old regime (a lie) and shiny solo Harry was too big for tabloids & wouldnt sully himself with Dan. Thats why.
That’s a solid logic for Harry. But why did Niall, Liam, and Louis go on the program? Because they like Dan Wootton and his tabloid journalism? Louis wrote a song about “headlines I can’t stand.” Why were the 1D boys the very first guests on the show? Why was Simon Cowell? Why were many of the first guests heavily associated with Syco— Rita Ora, Olly Murs, Fifth Harmony?
Funny coincidence that after being trashed by Dan for so many years, and having rumors fed to Dan by the Syco machine, that the boys would want to support him so badly that they’d volunteer to be the very first guests on his new show. Funny coincidence that Dan was still writing and getting “exclusives” on the boys in 2017— exclusives that were far from flattering. Yet they love him! Funny coincidence that syndicated articles with unsubstantiated rumors about the boys often started, and still start, at The Sun and The Daily Mail.
The boys went on Dan’s program because it wasn’t really a choice. The alternative, whatever it was, was worse.