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'American Idol' -- We Don't Discriminate!

4/12/2011 5:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The honchos at "American Idol" are scoffing at the claim of an audience member who says she was banished to the back of the studio because she was "just too big, too heavy to be in front."

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Manfred Westphal, who heads up communications for Fremantle (which produces "Idol"), tells TMZ, 19-year-old Ashley Kauffman and her party of 6 were some of the first audience members to arrive for the April 7, 2011 show.  Westphal says, "Our audience coordinator explained they had 6 great seats on the floor; however, the seats were in 2 groups of 3."

Westphal says Kauffman and her party agreed to be split up.  And, Westphal says, contrary to Kauffman's allegation, she was not sent alone to the back of the studio.  Westphal says Kauffman and 2 others in her party were seated 4 rows behind their friends, "directly in camera shot, in some of the best seats in the house."

Westphal says, "At 'American Idol,' we always strive to assure that every audience member has the best experience possible, and these allegations are simply untrue."


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61.

Greg    

Listen up, the whole 'It's ok to be fat' thing is so last decade. It's not discrimination! It's not ok to be fat, period! And we don't want to see you on TV, period! There is no excuse to be lazy and to eat to much, and let's be honest that is how one gets fat, period. So get up off your lazy ass, lose some lbs, and maybe you can sit up front next time you decide to go on a tv show. Other wise shut up and get to the back where you belong! Oh, and this IS AMERICA, so grow some thick skin and get over it already!

1198 days ago
62.

Sundae    

21. I agree completely except the part about 12 yrs old being sexy.

1198 days ago
63.

Michelle    

I cant believe how many a**holes make such nasty comments. Seriously? Is your life that sad that you have nothing else better to do than to make hateful comments against someone you dont even know. Get a life you f**ken losers!!!!

1198 days ago
64.

spyke    

Well they show that Fat Cow J-Lo on camera so they obviously dont discriminate against fat chicks..

Posted at 2:26 PM on Apr 12, 2011 by Landshark

What? time to get your eyes checked you moron. Jennifer Lopez is a beautiful woman in fantastic shape AFTER having twins, no surrogates for her, so shut your fat mouth.

1198 days ago
65.

Kim    

Sorry I bothered to read the comment section, there are some ignorant people out there.

1198 days ago
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Joel     

Is this really news? Who gives a **** if some fat bitch could not sit her fat ass in the front ****ing row at AI.

1198 days ago
67.

Steve    

I have worked on many television shows, and whenever the audiences is on camera, the producers only want the good looking people up front.

1198 days ago
68.

Steve    

I have worked on many television shows, and whenever the audiences is on camera, the producers only want the good looking people up front.

1198 days ago
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Angela    

What about skinny ugly people. Should they be aloud to sit up front just cause they`re ugly...F***KEN hypocritical *******s.

1198 days ago
70.

who-me    

Angela is fat!

1198 days ago
71.

Ty    

Oh good grief, in another article it says that the girls got the tickets for FREE...get over it. If the girl had PAID for her seat, that would be one thing, but to complain about a free seat location is ridiculous. Now that the media is reporting the story, she will be known as the FAT AI girl!!

1198 days ago
72.

Jen    

"If that girl is considered fat, then most Americans would be considered hogs. She's beautiful. If Idol discriminated against her, they need to apologize and fire the people who are responsible.

Posted at 4:50 PM on Apr 12, 2011 by brad323"

Hate to break it to you but most Americans ARE hogs. According to the CDC (feel free to look it up) 35% of American women are considered obese. Not just overweight (that ups the number significantly), this just takes into consideration "obese." Not commenting on this girls weight, because that is hateful and unnecessary, but you DO need to realize that most Americans are indeed, fat.

1198 days ago
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Angela    

I could be. The funny thing is you dont know me and to make fun of someone of the internet is simply pathetic.

1198 days ago
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timmay    

I didn't know Kim kardashian changed her name, bet she says they seated her in the back cause her ass is TOO BIG to fit in the seats.

1198 days ago
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Annie Dragon    

As a personal friend of hers, the story is true. She is NOT fat, nor is she seeking a payday. It's not that they moved her, but that they humiliated her. They could have said a billion other things less hurtful. And what is the spokespurson suposed to say? "oh yeah, we call people fat all the time." There is a nicer way to create an appealing audience shot. And for all those who said cruel things about her that don't know her, wow. Judgemental much?

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