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Archuleta's Dad Gives Producer Cold Shoulder

5/13/2008 10:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jeff Archuleta, David's dad, showed up in the audience for tonight's "American idol" and made it clear -- he's pissed at the producers.

As we first reported, Jeff was such a troublemaker, he was banned from backstage rehearsals. According to our spies, on tonight's show during commercials, Jeff shot darts at Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe. J.A. stared Nigel down and was enraged as he watched the E.P. visibly excited as David Cook performed.

Jeff seemed chummy with Randy. The two bro'd out during several breaks. He hugged Paula two times and whispered something in her ear and she nodded in agreement. No interaction at all with Simon.

Jeff was trying to get the attention of legendary songwriter Diane Warren, but she pretty much wouldn't give him the time of day.

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1.

Nayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy    

Damn cry baby!

2261 days ago
2.

Grandmother Lohan    

What a douchebag!
And, is this any type of news?
I mean....David Archuleta?
Tomorrows Taylor Hicks??!!

2261 days ago
3.

Shea    

The father is an arse.

2261 days ago
4.

Stacy    

What a PSYCHO!

2261 days ago
5.

Archie    

Take off that damn hat! He's going bald, so he has to live vicariously through his kid. Nice going, psycho!

2261 days ago
6.

Racer    

His dad is obviously a control freak. Granted he looking after his son but also looking to fill his wallet from his son. The boy seems like he is very timmed around his dad.

So if he does not get his way he trows a hissey fit like he did here.

2261 days ago
7.

Shawn    

His kid isn't going to win. But if he gets signed to some record label anyway, his dad is going to be the stage parent from hell, and will end up fu**ing everything up. David - as soon as you turn 18 - RUN!! Run like hell & fire your dad. Not necessarily in that order.

2261 days ago
8.

Twinker    

Might need a little caffeine to calm the guy down.

2261 days ago
9.

Kay    

Does this jerk have a life of his own?

2261 days ago
10.

Rachel    

This season seems so fake...so staged...so scripted... I watched American Idol since the first season and each season progessively is getting worse. I won't be tuning in tonight.

2261 days ago
11.

wendy    

Show biz ass daddy.

2261 days ago
12.

vick    

I really feel sorry for the kid, although, he's not gonna win. His father sounds like Culkin dad...remember what a pain in the a$$ he was?...do we EVER see his children anymore???....NO!

2261 days ago
13.

He's just another Idiot    

David Cook was terrific tonight. Hope he wins.

2261 days ago
14.

Liz    

I watched tonight and this litle "twit" needs to go home...............Siyesha was really good as was David Cook!!

Send the little girl home!

2261 days ago
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erica    

Can the writes of this website please quit using so many abbreviations? I mean come on, ja, ep, bro'd? It's getting old and I hate having to reread the articles to find out what the hell the abbreviations mean.

2261 days ago
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