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'Idol' Fan: They DID Say I Was 'Too Big' for Front Row!

4/13/2011 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"American Idol" fan Ashley Kauffman is sticking by her weight discrimination story -- saying she was told flat-out by an "Idol" employee that she was "too big and too heavy" to sit in the front row during last week's show.

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Kauffman appeared on "Good Morning America" this AM, where she explained how the whole ordeal allegedly went down ... and also took the time to correct a few parts of her story that are circling around that AREN'T true.

Kaufman admitted she WASN'T forced to sit all the way in the back of the studio -- more like six rows back from the stage -- and that she DIDN'T have to sit alone without her friends.

As we first reported, "Idol" honchos are calling BS on Kauffman, saying, "We always strive to assure that every audience member has the best experience possible, and these allegations are simply untrue."

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1.

SpawnOfAzazel    

Well, you're on TV now, so shut up!

1204 days ago
2.

blak    

oh for X Sakes BISH, you're a EFFING FAT! WTF do you expect? Hollywood ain't a democracy! Me and 24 million other fat slobs don't wanna see fat slobs like you on our TEEBEE! We hot HOT BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE. Live with it.

1204 days ago
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LongJohn69    

Now all you fatophobes can shut the he_ _ up!

1204 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

SHE NEEDS SOMETHING DONE WITH HER HAIR..IT LOOKS REALLY BAD,AND HER CHIN LOOKS FUNNY AND SHE HAS WEIRD LOOKING EYES..

1204 days ago
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sulkydog    

Hey Ashley: Put the fork down!

The world shouldn't have to tip-toe around you (heck of a long walk) just b/c you have no self control.

1204 days ago
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Common Sense    

It was a photographer. AN ARTIST like these posers. They were just composing their best image, you know FAKE like Hollywood

1204 days ago
7.

d-nutt    

Showed up to the wrong place, she would win American Cheese Idol.

1204 days ago
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CrisDizzle    

mmmmm... <3 me some BBW: haters gonna hate! =]

1204 days ago
9.

livereater    

ashley, let me make this perfectly clear... you are HUGE! lose some weight.

1204 days ago
10.

TheBrain    

I just saw the video. What a sweet and pretty girl. That ******* usher needs to get fired. He ruined the night for her for no reason. His job was to shut his mouth and lead her to her seat. What a ****!

1204 days ago
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TheBrain    

The AI employee actually told her she was too heavy to sit in the front? That is very mean and whoever that was should not have a job dealing with the public.
As I said yesterday, discrimination is very common with tv shows but to actually insult the audience member like that is out of line.
People should be seated first come, first served. This kind of discrimination is just plain wrong.

1204 days ago
12.

Toasty J    

You are on your way to being too fat to go on a ride at an amusement park. Too fat to sit in a single seat on a plane. Too fat to have any normal man be attracted to you. Too fat to live like a human being.
Get a grip. You are fat and you need to lose weight.

1204 days ago
13.

me    

She's telling the truth. That said, get over it. IT IS STANDARD PRACTICE for televised shows.

1204 days ago
14.

Bolishous    

Free speech my dear, free speech.
Maybe this will win u a spot on Biggest Loser or MTV (whatever their show is).

1204 days ago
15.

Get it    

I am fat too, but working on losing weight. So, I just have to say ... it's television and people do not want to look at fat people. American Idol knows that -- so they keep the front row for good looking people. It's simply a reality. If you want to be on camera -- look good. Start counting your calories, start exercising ... and look better. It's not even a sad fact. It's for your own health, quality of life and longevity. Quit complaining. You get your comfort through food -- go eat. Or, start losing weight -- then speak up. Sorry!

1204 days ago
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