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J-Hud

And I'm Telling You,

I'm No Diva!

3/19/2007 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jennifer Hudson is firing back at recent media sniping that says she's a flake and an ingrate.

In an exclusive interview, she tells Jawn Murray of "The Tom Joyner Morning Show" that she's been "hurt" by the backlash since her Oscar triumph, especially allegations that she tried to ditch the "Soul Train Music Awards" and that she demeaned "American Idol" as a mere "stepping stone." Page Six reported last week that Hudson tried to back out of the "Soul Train " show, where she received an award. "Why would they dog me out after I was one of the only people to show up on the show?" asks Hudson.

And as for her calling "Idol" a stepping stone -- to which Simon Cowell made a pointed and sneering reference on a recent episode -- Hudson acknowledges that she did, but says, "I didn't mean it in a bad way ... 'American Idol' is a stepping stone because had it not been for them, no one would have known of a Jennifer Hudson to call to audition for 'Dreamgirls.'" Hudson adds that she's actually met this year's "Idol" contenders and taped a segment with them -- all at her own request.

Hudson is clearly learning that getting famous as meteorically as she has ain't no dream, girl: "It's like everything I say referring to the show gets twisted around and makes me look like I'm being arrogant and a diva."

Check out the full interview at the BV Buzz at AOL Black Voices.

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Rashita Johnson yale elementary    

THIS IS 4 ANYBODY WHO WHAS 2 SAY SOMETHIN ABOUT MY GIRL J-HUD.I PERSONALLY HAVE KNOWN JENNIFER HUDSON SINCE THE FIRST AND SECOND GRADE SO TRUST WHEN I TELL U THAT SHE IS NOT SOME CADDY B!@#$ THAT LUCKED UP ON AN AWARD AND TURNED DIVA OVERNIGHT.NO MATTER WHAT HIGHER AUTHORITY U BELIEVE IN,KNOW THAT SHE EARNED AND DESERVED HER AWARDS AND BLESSING.U DON'T BECOME A STAR OVERNIGHT,MY GIRL WORKED AND PRAYED HARD 4 HER PLACE IN LIFE,SINGING SINCE ELEMENTARY DAYS,GOING 2 CHURCH AND DOING WHAT SHE LOVED 2 DO,SINGING AND PRAISING,DON'T HATE,CONGRATULATE.

2609 days ago
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Wow.    

This girl's a walking contradiction!

2689 days ago
3.

isnt she special    

She's just trying to cover her ass. Ungrateful BITCH!!!

2689 days ago
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Lydia Layne    

Too late for backpeddling now Jennifer. People have seen your actions and heard your words. Only time and a lot of humble pie might cure what ails you now. IF, it does, get down on your knees and be thankful for a second chance. Most people don't get a first.

2689 days ago
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Dottie    

She tried to get out of a few awards show but was "ordered" to show up.
She's not a diva but she sure as hell was trying to become one.

2689 days ago
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JM    

Jennifer, YOU GO GIRL!! "WHY" shouldn't she act in anyway that shows she is proud of her achievements??? There are a few diva's that have won an Oscar and they shouldn't have even been given a nod, much less an actual Oscar!! Namely, "Cher". She makes ONE movie, walks away with an Oscar and what else has she done that is noteworthy? I would bet that Jennifer, in the years to come, will not only make great records, "because she CAN sing", but I would also bet on the big screen she will prove herself again and again.

2689 days ago
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Truthfully    

I think this is all a smear campaign launched by Jennifer's rivals who are upset that she is the new hot It girl. All of these rumors are stupid and too unbelievable to be true. If Jennifer didn't want to show up to any awards show she just wouldn't have. She's shown up to everything and collected all of her many awards. Why snub Soul Train at the end? And her American Idol comments have been twisted around. Grow up AI! Why should Jennifer continue to kiss Idol's butts when they didn't even sign her to a record deal and management deal after she was booted from the show like they had the option to do? You snooze, you lose. Jen's a Oscar winner now! Soon to be Grammy winner too! She's on her way and in the spotlight and there are some out there who can't stand that.

It's so not working people!

2689 days ago
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SMILEY    

OH, JHUD YOUR HEAD BLEW UP AND NOW YOU ARE TRYING TO SHRINK IT BACK TO SIZE. TOO LATE HONEY. ITS NOT GONNA WORK, EVERYONE TOLD YOU THE SAME WAY THE MEDIA BROUGHT YOU UP THEY CAN BRING YOU DOWN, GOOD LUCK. YOU TRYED TO HARD TO BE HOLLYWOOD NOW PAY THE PRICE.

2689 days ago
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Linda Sellers    

Too bad that people like Jennifer Hudson, Britney, Lindsey Lohan, Paris....and the list goes on and on. They get money and reognition and their entire attitude changes. Where would Britney Spears be without her millions now? She would be doing drugs and having kids living on welfare. They think they can say and do anything because they have gotten money. I hate to see Jennifer Hudson getting so cocky and arrogant. Without American Idol she would still be a nobody. Be careful, Jennifer, it can go just like it came. And remember...you cannot take any fame or money with you when you leave. Look at Anna Nicole.
LS

2689 days ago
10.

Tellin it like it is...    

When you were on Idol, you were still a shoplifter. Hope you are not one now. TRUE STORY.

2689 days ago
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Scott Anthony    

Why are you people hating and begging for drama? Leave her alone. Give her the benefit of the doubt.

2689 days ago
12.

Simone    

She needs to kiss a little butt with AI pronto and be a lot more humble with her success.

2689 days ago
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Pregnant at 44    

Leave her alone! TMZ obviously hates her for their own reasons.

2689 days ago
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lilmsmeow    

Leave her alone

2689 days ago
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CP    

People on here need to do their research before commenting especially TMZ. If you all go to YouTube and look up the Oscar Nominations Luncheon you would clearly here here Thank American Idol. If you got to ABC.com and see the Barbara Walters special you can clearly hear her once again speak of American Idol in glowing terms. Hell if you watch just about any interviews she's done in some way shape or form she mentions them and not in a bad way. My question is what is the problem? How much more recognition does AI want, need, deserve? I keep hearing about how they went back to the tapes of her season and found 3 instances where Simon was complementary....my question is why didn't they show when he dogged her out. How does he explain his comment that she was "Out of her depth" and basically said she wasn't up to snuff all while less talented people like Diana DeGarmon and John Stevens were STILL ON THE SHOW!!!! Simon's credibilty is next to none. We are talking about a dude who just made the statement that he was BIGGER THAN BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN!!!! The last I checked does Simon play an instrument? Can he sing? What the hell is he talking about. You guys talk about Jennifer having and ego...if she does what does it say about Simon. He dogged the girl out and then wanted to revise history to say he was with her all the time which was BS. If AI was really that instrumental she would have been signed to a record deal long ago and had something come out. She just got signed not to long ago and only after she blew up the screen in Dreamgirls which she had to audition for and then work her arse off to turn in the performance. But of course to a bunch of non-thinking, non researching sheep like you idiots who run and frequent this board all of that makes no sense.

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