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'American Idol' Honchos

We Could've SAVED Jermaine

... If He Didn't LIE!

3/14/2012 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0_akoe1bv1_0_7ewpbsnsThe bigwigs at "American Idol" tell TMZ ... they would have done everything in their power to help Jermaine Jones clear up his legal situation ... if only he would have been HONEST about his past.

"A.I." executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick called in to "TMZ Live" moments ago ... and explained why they HAD to confront Jermaine when they discovered he LIED about his criminal history.  They said they were particularly worried when they found out he had used false names with police.

The "Idol" honchos explained, "There might be other false names and other charges out there that we just dont know about."

Lythgoe and Warwick tell us lots of kids that appear on the show are entangled in legal situations ... but the producers insist, "We help them where we can in clearing them up."

The producers say they captured the confrontation on tape ... and say he was "very apologetic."

Still, too little too late ... he'll be officially axed on tonight's show.


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Bet you what happened is that the show knew all about his legal issues and made a deal with the guy. Come back, let us make some drama out of this, and we'll pay off the tickets, fines, etc. He knew he wasn't going to win, so why not.

961 days ago


Who cares. This is for ratings.

961 days ago


Awwww, those Hollywood tv producers are just, so, very, caring. About ratings that is.

961 days ago


This is Pure unadulterated nonsense - Why is he on the show tonight ? Why did they bring him back in the first place? What ? They realized they didn't have anyone to fill in for "The scary black person" role this . Pure nonsense . And why is this idiot allowing himself to be used this way.

961 days ago


Sad to say when your one of the few blk guys on the show, you have to be very careful and honest about your past, because people like TMZ will rat u out in a heart beat. I remember a few years ago, there was a guy that use to be a butt naked stripper and he stayed on the show, along with a few others that had legal issues.

961 days ago

The Neko Nation    

Funny how people condone Jermaine's behavior and lying. I guess its easier to make excuses for criminals than accept responsibility.

961 days ago

The Love Sponge    

They forgot to ask him if he has any illegitimate children and that should complete the profile.

961 days ago


Glad he's gone. Jermaine would have been kicked off by home viewers this week or next anyway. He had no talent.


961 days ago


Glad hes gone. I was in his corner. He brought something different. The girls are all same old thing. The guys at least have some variety.

But his attitude was straight beligerent. He could not take criticism. He was not all that and needed every ounce of help because his sound was unique.

So if he can't tell the truth & have a decent attitude, screw him & kick his azz out!!! Adios!!! Buh Bye!!!

961 days ago


He was going to get the boot anyway

961 days ago

James R. - Los Angeles    

The producers are typical H'wood liars. They only want to help themselves. Let the liar Jones go to jail where he can reflect on his crimes.

961 days ago


Oh, yeah because Hollywood producers NEVER lie, are belligerent, violent or bully Anyone. They are big cuddly trustworthy teddy bears with YOUR best interests at heart.

Those qualities pretty much are their job description, TMZ -puleeez with your b.s . . .

961 days ago


Bring back likable Jeremy Rosado ....Y not?

961 days ago


So does this mean that one of the other singers who were up for a chance to be the 13th contestant might get a chance to step up now?

961 days ago


I never understood how having legal issues would cause someone not to be character enough for AI. America idolizes people who are far worse off character wise then Jermaine.

961 days ago
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