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'American Idol' Contestant's Dad

I Was Not in Rehab

When My Son Auditioned!

2/5/2012 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ethan Jones made it to Hollywood this week on "American Idol" and told a story about how his dad was in rehab -- but Todd Jones wants to clear the air ... he was not actually in rehab when his son auditioned.

Ethan explained on the show (see below) that he was in a band back in St. Louis with his dad, but pops had to leave the band to go to rehab. Steven Tyler, no stranger to addiction, even said, "I want to meet your father when he gets out." 

But Todd tells TMZ he's out of rehab for six months and couldn't be with his son at the audition because he was attending a funeral.

Jones says he'd love to take Tyler up on his offer to meet feels it would be "enlightening" to hear Tyler's experiences. 


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Actually the dad doesnt need his name out there. He is very well known in St. Louis and has been since the early 90s. Is it a story noone cars about...sure if you dont live in St. Louis. Quit hatin people....

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957 days ago


why do i think the dad is going to try to horn in on this and try to advance his own career

957 days ago


@Patty. The reason why you'd think something like that is simple...because you're an idiot.

957 days ago


Folks, the majority of all of you are complete presumptuous idiots. There wasn't one single point during the airing of this AI segment in which Ethan Jones stated that his father was "currently" in rehab. You f@&$ing morons, however, came to your own conclusions that he did and the reason why that is - is because you lack the basic intellectual qualities for logical thought. Concentrate on getting out of your trailer homes and contributing something decent to society you morons.

957 days ago


Did someone at TMZ randomly call up this Dad or did the father call TMZ? I don't think anyone thought the father was in rehab! This seems like a very silly story to me! Someone is confused or wants attention!

957 days ago


really jim - gee for some one who scolds every one here calling them presumptuous idiots for coming to their own conclusions, your making your own idiotic conclusion about ppl commenting here. so if you think you are so high and mighty that you are above every one else here, why don't you take your piss poor narcissistic attitude and get the hell out of here, go comment some where that will appreciate your inane conceded attitude.

957 days ago


There's nothing narcissistic about my comment when it's a statement of fact. It is a proven fact, without question, that someone who speaks illogically and presumptuously attacks towards another individual suffers from a very low mentality. Such a person is regarded as a moron.

957 days ago


Instead of assuming maybe people shoul;d listen to the entire video, when he calls his father at the end his father even says " I have so much to tell you, Im clean and sober, the whole nine yards" So clearly he was still in rehab during the audition or the son would have already known that his father was clean. And why would he lie with the rest of his family there for the audution? Someone would have given it away, unless he has the entire family in on it... people need to stop jumping to conclusions without seeing all the facts.

956 days ago


So let me get this long as I have a tear-jerking story to tell then I don't have to worry about not being able to carry a note past my nose. This show has totally lost it's credibility.

956 days ago


At least we know THE DAD wasn't lying; about the funeral he was attending:

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