American Idol producer, Nigel Lythgoe, finally spoke up about whether or not he’s going to let Antonella Barba stay on the show after countless racy photos including some of her topless, underage drinking and posing in a wet, see-through shirt at the National WWII Memorial were published all over the Internet.
Lythgoe [told] Extra he’s not kicking the Jersey girl off, her fate is in the voters’ hands,” Extra co-host Mark McGrath reported during the syndicated entertainment news program’s Tuesday evening broadcast.”
Simon Cowell said yesterday at the Playboy Mansion, of all places, that the photos “[should] not affect her standing on the show, and if the public wants to keep her in, they’ll keep her in.” He added, “These people haven’t done anything illegal; that’s their private life.”
Talking at the same party, Ryan Seacrest agreed, telling USA TODAY that while he has not seen the photos, the fact that they were released is “just tacky, disgusting. You’ve got a girl who’s trying to make it on a show where she needs a vote, and someone’s trying to tear that away from her.” Though he said he had not yet seen the photos, Seacrest added that he would “absolutely let (Barba) stay on. If American Idol is a true representation of American youth, we’re going to find imperfections. And it’s OK to be imperfect.”
And Randy Jackson said, “Nobody’s clean in the entertainment business. There are definitely some moral things that go on with this show,” while Hugh Hefner, who was hosting the party attended by the three men, said that criticism of Antonella over the photos is “hypocritical and dumb.”
Hey, I hope she wins. Nothing says “American Idol” like a slutty, lawbreaking, preachy religious hypocrite who disrespects national memorials and really likes basketballs. Who cares if she can’t sing? Sluts rule!
My calls to Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton were not immediately returned – presumably because they were busy with construction paper, magic markers and gathering the troops.
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