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'Idol' Waitress Loses Job After 'A.I.' Audition

1/25/2011 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The "American Idol" wannabe who was introduced on "A.I." as a singing waitress at a New York diner was "let go" from her gig at the eatery after the show got in the way of her work schedule ... TMZ has learned. 

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When Devyn Rush got her golden ticket to Hollywood, sources close to the singer tell us she informed her bosses at Ellen's Stardust Diner in NYC about her trip and expected to have a job when she returned.

But, we're told, when Rush got back and asked about her schedule, she was informed that her services would no longer be needed.

012411_devyn_rush_audition_foxStaff members at Ellen's tell us they simply couldn't hold Devyn's position because the Hollywood trip happened to line up in the midst of the diner's "busy season" ... and they needed to fill the spot.

A rep for the diner tells us the issue is still in "limbo" -- and both sides are trying to reach an amicable resolution.


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ZANK    

This is why people are afraid to follow their dreams. Sure, it's a dead-end job compared to what might come from AI, but employers do this all the time... How many Idols have we never heard of that are afraid of losing their necessary wages?

1311 days ago
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Donnie    

What a bunch of asses.

1311 days ago
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Phreaky    

Typical BS. If it the diners "busy season" how on Earth can they explain not being able to use one more waitress, so they could give her a job back?

1311 days ago
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Majestik    

Oh freakin' please, if you can't get regular time off from your dirt paying job you think they are going to make an exception because you made "AMERICAN IDOL" This story is sooo lame. Are you trying to give the eatery a bad name because some broad waitressing there decided to go try out for the show?

1311 days ago
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Ashley    

I don't know why she would think any different or why this is news.

1311 days ago
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Michelle    

Wow what jerks, she was nice enough to give the diner some press when she filmed there during her audition.

1311 days ago
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Red    

As a former waiter, server jobs are a dime a dozen she'll be fine. It's all the same restaurant to restaurant. What a bunch of Aholes this place is though. Most servers don't even get full time because the restaurant might actually have to give them benefits, god forbid. I always wondered what people did about their jobs when they went on reality tv shows and now I know and knowing is half the battle - GI JOE

1311 days ago
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openminded_momma    

Being in HR, she has absolutely no legal ground. She quit, not fired. She had no idea how long she would be AI, and if she actually would go back after being on TV. There are too many people out there looking for a job and if they needed the help, they had every right to fill that position. Maybe she was not the best waitstaff either, none of us know that. Hate to be the restaurant but they do say any publicity is good publicity.

1311 days ago
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Fred Farkel    

What more proof do you need that this bunch of 20-something GENERATION ZERO losers still expect to have their lives served up to them???

The poor sap who owns the diner is made out to be a monster and all he is trying to do is make payroll on Friday???

Honey????

You want your 15 minutes???

Go for it.

But don't blame the rest of us when you inevitably fall on your quasi-talented face.

1311 days ago
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Kelly    


Couldn't what Devyn did fall under job abandonmet?!

T thought that after reading this;

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I don't know why she would think any different or why this is news.

Posted at 1:40 AM on Jan 25, 2011 by Ashley

1311 days ago
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bbnx    

FIRE HER! She made a decision to leave and try out for AI. Case closed. If the diner owner let every employee leave for every dream the place would be out of business.

1311 days ago
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lee    

They've never heard of Tempo services?

1311 days ago
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Truth    

TOO BAD SHE WASNT PREGNANT. ...WOULD'VE HAD A BETTER PR SOB STORY WITH THE PUBLIC.

1311 days ago
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Tracy    

Its really to bad because she gave them very good advertisement for their restaurant by having a spot on AI. And she seemed to have filmed some there so it shows she was good at what she does. Anyway it does su/ck she lost her job but what could one expect. People shouldnt be mad at the diner owners. But it would be nice to know since she did feature their business in her little tape and it was shown they should maybe cut her a break

1311 days ago
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cmueller    

Oh well. Maybe she stunk as an employee and they were looking for a reason to get rid of her. Or maybe they just could not handle the burden of her being gone. It's annoying when you work with people who cannot work regularly. It puts a burden on the remaining staff. As someone previously said, it's not like she can't find another waitressing job.

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