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Bandleader Pissed Over 'American Idol' Snub

5/27/2010 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0527_ricky_miner_EX_Getty_01TMZ has learned ... one of the key players who made "American ldol" a success was so pissed last night after the show, he chewed out "A.I." producers backstage.

Rickey Minor -- who has been the bandleader for 6 seasons  -- is leaving A.I. to head up Jay Leno's band on "The Tonight Show."

Minor was fit to be tied after no one thanked him or wished him well -- hell, they didn't even acknowledge him during last night's finale.

Our "A.I." spies tell us ... when the show was over Minor went off on producers, angrily telling them how insulted he was by their silent dis.

Minor refused to go backstage for the champagne afterparty.  But producers pleaded with him and then got Randy Jackson to try and smooth it over with an unprepared speech.

Minor then said a few words but we're told, "You could cut the bitterness with a knife."

We're told Minor recanted and went to the afterparty -- but he was still fuming mad.



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76.

dd    

Holla Dr. Sick!

1546 days ago
77.

go home!    

who CARES about RIckey minor?? No one. Is he the one that had the grumpy face on stage after lee won? It was not his night, it was about crowning the new american idol and simon. check your ego at the door rickey. You will fit right in with jay.

1546 days ago
78.

SL    

Im sure Rickey was the most talented person on that entire show...EVERY season! American Idol is a joke..Go out and watch real musicians.

1546 days ago
79.

SL    

Im sure Rickey was the most talented person on that show!

1546 days ago
80.

Keith    

I don't blame him. As the bandleader on a show that is all about music he played a big part in its success. He probably has more talent then Cowell and Seacrest whose only talent is being able to talk.

1546 days ago
81.

donna    

I don't blame him.

1546 days ago
82.

KicksandGiggles    

Tell Mr.Ego, he was properly thanked every time he cashed his paycheck. He needs to get over himself.

1546 days ago
83.

lisamorunning    

Get over yourself! You were a in a position of support for the show, not the "Idol". Hollywood folks are always wanting to be idolized. Half of them can't even get a high school education, let alone, a college education. Puhlease dude, move on and be greatful you have a job!

1546 days ago
84.

Q    

The last thing Leno needs right now is more bad publicity based on selfishness---no way NBC will let this happen if this dude doesnt shut his trap and get with the program at once. And that does mean playing Step N Fetch it to Lenos every whim--just the way it works over there---so get over yourself Minor and show a lot of teeth when the camera pans to you after a Jay joke or comment. You'll play the game and play it without complaining. You whored yourself for AI and you'll now do the same at the Tonight Show. Only now you will do it without complaining. You will...its who you are. Like the saying goes 90% of the people dont care about your problems, and the other 10% glad you got them---so zip it Minor and get your step n fetch it act down for Jay. Cant stand complaining people who got it all to begin with...look around Minor, people are hungry and without work and you're crying. Jerk

1546 days ago
85.

misshavana    

Am. Idol is not a promotional spot 4 Jay Leno's show. There was no obligation 2 promote a talk show/comedy show that it is not affiliated with. The show was about Am. Idol and that is what took the time 2 congratulate those who worked so hard 2 make the show a success. It was not about Jay. I see nothing wrong with what happened.

1546 days ago
86.

misshavana    

Am. Idol is not a promotional spot 4 Jay Leno's show. There was no obligation 2 promote a talk show/comedy show that it is not affiliated with. The show was about Am. Idol and that is what took the time 2 congratulate those who worked so hard 2 make the show a success. It was not about Jay. I see nothing wrong with what happened.

1546 days ago
87.

Zenobia    

Thanks for giving an answer to my pondering question. I saw an expression from Mr. Minor last night, and said why is he looking like that & not playing? My 10 yr. old said, "oh, he's just waiting for his part." That's ashame for AI to think about their ratings than to his feelings & all the great work he has done. Too bad a lot of these folks commenting don't know of him.

1546 days ago
88.

Shawn    

lol loser

1546 days ago
89.

ERock    

That's pretty messed up. He had been a big part of the show. He should be a little insulted. They kind of swept him under the rug. I'm not saying they should have done anything huge for him, but a small acknowledgement would have been appropriate. And now with Simon, Paula, and Ricky gone, the show will be pretty much done for. Hopefully, next season will be the last. It just won't be able to be what it once was but it had a hell of a run. A lot of people made a ton of money off of it. Sadly, I wasn't one of them.

1546 days ago
90.

BSweet    

Can you imagine how long the show could go on, with a list 10 miles long of people who "deserve" to be thanked? Oh, poor little baby! You were so dissed! Wah! Wah! Wah!

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