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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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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

where is simon cowell..is he going to be back this week??

1369 days ago
17.

mousetrap    

That's the risk you take when you leave a job to pursue another.
Sure, it would have been nice for them to hold her job, but they aren't required to.

1369 days ago
18.

karlew    

LOL doesn't everyone know that this place is salmonella central anyway? Not surprised to see their business practices are as filthy as their restaurant. Really can't imagine why it's still in business. Worst part of my trip to NYC

1369 days ago
19.

KAY    

VISTED DINER LAST YEAR. IMPRESSED AND HAD A BALL, BUT I WILL NEVER VISIT ELLEN'S STARDUST DINER AGAIN. SHAME ON YOU. SHE GAVE YOU GOOD PUBLICITY AND YOU SHOULD BE PROUD A WAITRESS COULD REPERSENT YOUR DINER IN A PROUD WAY SHAME ON YOU' YOU JUST GAVE YOURSELF A BAD NAME. GOOD FOR YOU.....

1369 days ago
20.

Tim Morrissy    

The owner of Ellen's is an idiot to let her go. The publicity she gave the restaurant was invaluable (what's a 30 second ad going for on Idol). Give her a leave of absence and encourage her in the competition. Make a big deal about it at the restaurant and get even more press coverage. I've been there before and your service always sucks so giving her a leave is really no big deal. When she is through, welcome her back with open arms but while she's on the show run a Devyn Rush Idol Special on the menu. Take advantage of this golden opportunity!!!

1369 days ago
21.

Al Brown    

Devyn's AUDTITION? Oh, the irony of a snarky story with poor spelling. FAILBlog vs TMZ!

1369 days ago
22.

The Evil Puppy    

Whether you agree with the restaurant or not is irrelevant. The fact is this is a BAD PR MOVE. They should have known that ANY little story concerning this show would receive press especially this one. Let's see how busy your season will be when people stop going to your restaurant. YOU DIDN'T MIND AT ALL WHEN SHE MENTIONED AND SHOWED YOUR RESTAURANT TO 30 MILLION PEOPLE!!!!!!!!

1369 days ago
23.

Vault101    

I say all of America should boycott Ellen's Stardust Diner, teach those nasty people a lesson about trying to do their job when they should be supporting little girl dreams and American Idol.

1369 days ago
24.

stumpy    

The piece says "she informed her bosses at Ellen's Stardust Diner in NYC about her trip and expected to have a job when she returned. "
If her bosses promised her a job when she came back and went back on
the promise they are jerks

1369 days ago
25.

M.T.    

Typical Restaraunt owners! They could have made a FORTUNE on the free publicity alone!!! Now they just look like a couple douchers. That girl will be fine whatever happens, I'm sure she'll find a more suitable line of work after AI... Best of luck honey, break a leg!!!

1369 days ago
26.

John    

The only case where publicity is not your friend is if you own a Diner, and unless they hire her back i believe they will suffer soooo much more than her. However she still is suffering for no reason at all because her bosses were prob pissed about her trying to make a better life for herself. She will land a job, that's for sure, because if shes willing to follow her dream then she has moxy,and heart. she'll be fine, i hope the Diner crumbles.

1369 days ago
27.

pattycake    

When she informed her boss that she was leaving that would have been a good time to find out if she would have a job if she got booted off of AI, not just assume the job would be waiting for her.

She's a waitress. Shouldn't be hard to find another job somewhere.

1369 days ago
28.

Jay    

See this is what min wage jobs are like. They work you like a dog, pay you sh*t and will fire you in a heartbeat if you miss work due to being sick or American Idol.

God Bless America!

1369 days ago
29.

Rocco    

Sorry Devyn, this is not jury duty. It's American Idol. Enter at your own risk.

1369 days ago
30.

who farted    

You can't follow AI around the USA and expect your boss to wait for you with your job.

1369 days ago
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