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"Idol" Producer Slams Rosie, Defends Show

3/7/2007 7:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of "American Idol," has just released a statement in response to criticism made against the show by "View" host Rosie O'Donnell. It reads:

"Without wishing to add to the obvious self-promotion of Ms. O'Donnell, I feel as though I must refute her absurd and ridiculous claims that 'American Idol' is racist and/or weightist.

"Ms. O'Donnell has, once again, spoken without thought or knowledge. Viewers need only look at the show tonight to realize that 'American Idol' constantly confirms to America that talent has nothing to do with weight or color."

It was Rosie's comments on Tuesday's episode of "The View" that drew "Idol's" ire. Rosie called the show "weightist and racist" over the way it has handled the Antonella Barba photo scandal this season, as opposed to when it booted contestant Frenchie Davis for the same thing. Although an "Idol" spy tells us that the difference is that Frenchie was paid for her pre-Idol porn, while Antonella's photos were private, and published without her knowledge or permission.

Idol's On Vacation: Click to launch photos"Idol" has also banned "The View" from using clips from the show.

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U.S.C.    

Good for American Idol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2790 days ago
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IDon'tLikeRosieButShe'sRightOnThisOne    

That's B.S.

IDOL WAS WRONG...PERIOD!

2790 days ago
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Marijo    

You Go Nigel!!!! Rosie, who gets her kicks out of lashing out at everyone else is obviously burden with huge insecurities. I don't know weather to hate her or feel desperately sorry for her!!!

2790 days ago
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teendav8    

Ms. O'Donnell does have a way of spewing off at the mouth without thinking about what's actually coming out.

...it must come from hanging upside down all the time!

2790 days ago
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Dorothy Lugo    

I like Rosie but sometimes she goes too far. I think that at times Simon makes derogatory remarks especially to the weightier ladies than to the men, but I think those are his personal observations and his "view" (pardon the pun), and as far as I can remember, there is still freedom of speech in this country.
Back to Rosie, this time I disagree with her.

2790 days ago
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snoop    

NIGEL YOUR SHOW SUCKS FACE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

I HATE YOUR SHOW !!!!!!!!!!!!

YOUR JUDGES ARE CRUDE AND RUDE

2790 days ago
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Funny Answers    

Okay, if what he says is true, why was frenchie let go, but the pron photos don't seem to have an affect on the slim cute girl?? Answer that to our satisfaction?!!! You can't. Naked slim pretty girl...good for business, breast showing over weight girl, not good for business. Bottom line is business, American Idol, and I watch and like it, is just that, a business. They do not care what we the American public thinks unless it has an effect on the bottom line. Viewing, buying television watchers. Trump started it by excusing the bimbo, second change crap, (which he would not give a real employee). So, now American idol thinks we believe they care about this girl, or any girl let go, or male. Bottom line people, money??? The love of money is the bottom line. But Karma will get them one day. Just wait and see!!

2790 days ago
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Jen    

Rosie really needs to start keeping her mouth shut. She's been running it a LOT lately! Sooner or later the View is going to can her ass, beacause there will be nobody left in America that can stand her.

2790 days ago
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dumb asses    

american idol sucks !!!!!!!!!!!!!! it's lost it's luster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2790 days ago
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howard supporter    

Right on Nigel!!! She is so over the top...could be from hanging upside down.

2790 days ago
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Jill    

Why does American Idol even respond to a fat, lesbian, slob? If American Idol was racist, they wouldn't have chosen, promoted and helped the careers of Ruben, Fantasia, and Jennifer Hudson on top of all of the other now successful artest. You shouldn't bite the hand that feeds you. Karma will blow up in their face.

2790 days ago
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Chris    

whats the name of the show folks, its the VIEW. its how she feels

2790 days ago
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plantalittlesunshine    

EXACTLY..........Naked, white, skinny girl does very good for ratings..........vs. heavy, black, average girl.......

2790 days ago
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gigi    

If the View was smart, they would get rid of Rosie but then what can you expect from Bawa who can flat out lie to her audience with a straight face? I don't know how she EVER made it on tv, NOTHING she says is funny. All she does is talk down on everybody. She needs to look in the mirror. Nothing that looks like that should be so critical. I'm suprised she got ANYONE to live with her!!!!!!

2790 days ago
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leen salas    

So very glad that the Ex. Producer spke out towards Fat Rosie.......Even if or when that big moutn is right she still comes off loud,mad, off the wall and stupid
must be those two big big feet in her mouth. i hope when she is off the view that she will
forever ne 8 balled on TV.........

2790 days ago
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