When I first saw that the Nigel Lythgoe, the former American Idol producer had done some press on Thursday for his new show, I thought for sure Paula Abdul was going to get buried in a bunch of "we never did such a thing," in response to her statement earlier this week about AI knowingly letting in a stalker to an audition.
But, now I have to say that everything Paula said was probably true. It wasn't some kind of Paula haze. You know what I'm talking about. That glassy eyed stare she has everytime they show her face during American Idol. OK, not every time, but most of the time. Anyway, at first Nigel took the expected stance.
"You do not take somebody in that room that you believe is a danger to herself or a danger to Paula. That would not enter our heads."
So when you read that, you start thinking to yourself hat Paula tripped over her dog one too many times and was imagining it all.
But then, I read this. "This is three years ago. I honestly say I can't remember the conversation. If Paula said, that's what she said, I believe her. We've seen over 700,000 contestants. And one has made a terrible, terrible mistake. If you're an odds man, they are great odds."
Well first of all, that is pretty callous discussing the woman who killed herself as a statistic and that if there are only one suicidal stalker out there after 700,000 contestants that we should all be jumping up and down. In fact, it is a really insensitive thing to say. But the fact that he can't remember what Paula said is crap. How many times do you think one of the judges has said to the producers I have a restraining order out against that person. I'm scared of that person. Yeah, I bet Paula was the only time so, forgive me Nigel if I don't believe you.