TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Jermaine Jones

Will Be Kicked Off

'American Idol'

3/14/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jermaine Jones will be kicked off American Idol
Jermaine Jones will be kicked off "American Idol" Wednesday night, after producers learned he concealed the fact that he was arrested twice last year and has outstanding warrants ... TMZ has learned.

As we first reported, producers discovered Tuesday that Jermaine had lied about his criminal history and that triggered the decision to confront him on camera Tuesday afternoon. 

We're told one of the incidents involved violence, which was particularly troublesome to producers.  He also lied to cops by giving them fake names both times he was arrested.

"A.I." sources tell us ... Jermaine will appear on the show tomorrow night before he is sent packing.

Over the last few days, we've been reporting that Jermaine told producers his father abandoned him 10 years ago, but his dad called TMZ and called B.S. on his son, saying they see each other regularly. 

Jermaine began tweeting that he never told producers about his dad abandoning him.  We're told the producers -- who knew Jermaine had made the statement -- became generally suspicious and began looking more closely at his background, and that's what led to the revelation of his criminal history.  

248 COMMENTS

No Avatar
91.

Dave    

He needed to go...he sucked! BAD!

954 days ago
92.

Stephanie    

This sucks.. I liked this guy! I thought he had a great voice and he brought me back old school R&B (I think thats the genera (?)). *sigh*

954 days ago
93.

keanu    

OMG... what a stupid guy... He let the world know he is Criminal... Anyway... Finally you get what you want... the FAME!... The World know you not you are AI winner but a CRIMINAL! thumb up!

954 days ago
94.

LAWRENCE    

I don't watch the show whatsoever but I'm not wondering how long it will be until either Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton come calling to discuss this dismissal. It's funny how people perceive this situation based on their color. The white people are calling him a lying ni##er and the black people just call the white people racists and don't even bother to comment on the lying ni##er.

954 days ago
95.

bluzzone    

Better late than never.Whoever is doing background checks on that show really sucks at it. I didn't think Jeremy would win. His vocal really are not that good. Now that he is gone ,they should bring back a contestant that can sing.

954 days ago
96.

Joann metz    

"The Gentle Giant" fooled a few people, but not me! I did not like his singing and not surprised he made up daddy stories to get sympathy votes. He is a total dumb kid!

954 days ago
97.

sallcool    

my gosh can people not leave the race comments out just as easily could have been a young white man or woman gee people yeah this is wrong but seriously get up to date skin dont matter anymore when it comes to anything

954 days ago
98.

Bob Jack    

Ahh, shouldn;t the producers throughly vet anybody in the final group??? Sounds like it's their fault as much as this guy.

954 days ago
99.

Anna Leonard    

OK so he hid things that hes ashamed of an that he knew he would be judged for instead of what his talent ! Even though hes not all that good an I really thought a few of the other contestants deserved to be in his place !!!! However since that aint the case , an hes being kicked off because of his history an haters ,it just aint right ! Yea its American Idol an the show is supposed to represent everything that we would want to look up to but lets be honest , Of all the celebrities we have today thats been to prison , arrested for drug/alcohol crimes, or just plain stupid , none of them have been "kicked off or out" of show biz , hell instead they get more TV time, more money an even dumber ! So why do it to anyone else ?

954 days ago
100.

SteveMc1969    

Give the guy a break. How many "famous" people have a criminal record and also some of them have been in prison. They don't get treated like Jermaine Jones is being treated. I don't think it will do American Idol any harm keeping him in either. If he stays in and wins the competition at least if there are any prison sentences to serve he can get them out of the way early in his career unlike some stars who get famous, then do stuff and go to prison. Anyway "IF" there are any warrants to arrest him why haven't they done so already. Everybody knows where he is.

954 days ago
101.

HAWK    

I THINK IT IS TIME FOR AMERICAN IDOL TO START DOING BACKGROUND CHECKS ON THEIR TOP 24!

954 days ago
102.

deana    

He shouldnt have lied about his criminal record. who cares that he is black i do believe there is alot of white people going to jail so maybe the white race needs to raise their offspring a little better. JUST SAYING!!!!

954 days ago
103.

brandi    

Send him home and bring back Jeremy Rosado! This week is just going to be a free pass for everyone

954 days ago
104.

Hank    

omg this is insane!!

954 days ago
105.

Hank    

OMG! This is crazy

954 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web