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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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Taylor A    

haha the funny thing is that i know this girl.. shes how do u say it one of a kind.... bitchy moody etc etc shes get what she wants when she wants... so yeah Ashley its called a reality check bwaha

1291 days ago

Thomas Tharp    

Just my thoughts on american idol, they should hold two idol shows one for just the ladies and one for just men as it is apparent that the ladies no matter how good they are will be kicked off the show first. We are seeing this now!

1291 days ago


As you all know the back row is a great place to sit when you want a/ to get a bird’s eye view b/ when you want to hide the horrible coffee stain on your dress c/ when you’re not really interested in the show d/ tend to have a tendency to be rude and say offensive things.

1291 days ago


I think she's telling the truth. All the girls behind the judge's panel look like teen models. It looks intentional.

1291 days ago


hey edward: you are a freaking idiot to be talking about someone like you just did when you said what you did about me. Its people like YOU who make me want to f*cking throw up! How fat is YOUR a$$ you MF low life? Since you feel comfortable enough to speak about me, why don't you come over to my house and spew your hatred to my face?

1288 days ago
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