Former boy band member Lance Bass suggested this week that coming out has hurt his solo music career.

The former *NSYNC singer pitched his theory to Page Six.

“It went No. 1 everywhere … except America,” Bass said of his 2014 single Walking on Air with Snoop Dogg. “The radio stations wouldn't play my songs … I don't know if it's because I'm gay or if it's because I'm from *NSYNC, but the politics around it is so crazy and I don't care to deal with that [bleep].”

“I'm not 18 anymore,” he added, “so I do [music] for fun. I go where I'm needed and wanted – and right now, that's television.”

Bass joined the cast of The Meredith Vieira Show in its second and final season. Bass and his mother, Diane Bass, will compete in the upcoming Fox reality cooking show My Kitchen Rules.