Former "American Idol
" contestant Jermaine Jones
has a message for the "Idol" castoffs threatening to sue the show for racism -- keep his name THE HELL OUT OF IT!!
Jermaine -- who was disqualified from "A.I."
back in March 2012 for outstanding arrest warrants -- tells TMZ ... he is "offended" his name was cited in the current legal battle brewing between the reality show and several former contestants.
TMZ broke the story ... nine African-American ex-contestants are threatening to sue the show
, claiming "A.I." honchos are targeting black contestants for disqualification ... by using illegal background checks.
In legal docs ... the lawyer for the "Idol 9" cited Jermaine's premature elimination -- which only happened after a background check revealed his prior arrests -- as a catalyst for the planned lawsuit.
But Jermaine tells us ... "I am offended they tried to paint me as a victim of discrimination."
He continues, "I appreciate the experience from 'Idol' and embraced the good and bad from it."
Jermaine believes the "Idol 9" are using him for publicity -- but he adds, "I have moved on with my life ... and have not authorized them to include me in the accusations."
Disgraced "American Idol
" contestant Jermaine Jones
-- who was booted from last season for lying to producers about his criminal past -- has finally received some closure ... reuniting with his fellow finalists for the first time since he left the show.
Jermaine tells TMZ, he bought tickets to the American Idol LIVE tour on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly -- and his friend Josh Ledet (who finished 3rd last season) hooked him up with backstage passes.
While he was there, Jermaine says he caught up with all his old pals from Season 11 -- Jessica Sanchez, Colton Dixon, Skylar Laine, Erika Van Pelt, Phillip Phillips, DeAndre Brackensick ... the whole gang.
Jermaine says it was an emotional reunion, but everyone was very supportive -- "showing a lot of love," and asking how Jermaine had been doing since he was disqualified in March.
As for whether he regrets lying to producers -- Jermaine tells us, "I think I told them at the time what I needed to for my information to qualify, but overall I just wish of course that I did things differently."
But he's not holding a grudge, adding, "American Idol helped me in my career and gave me good exposure ... I'm happy and grateful for the experience."
God's a lot more forgiving than "American Idol
" -- TMZ has learned, the hometown church where Jermaine Jones
grew up singing choir still welcomes him with open arms ... despite his checkered past.
TMZ broke the story, "Idol" producers terminated Jermaine's run on the show after discovering the singer had 4 warrants out for his arrest
-- and gave multiple fake names to cops.
But Reverend George Holland at Green Grove Baptist Church in NJ isn't so quick to rush to judgment -- telling TMZ, he has known Jermaine since he was a boy ... explaining, “He’s well-loved and accepted here. We serve a forgiving God. Everyone has made mistakes in their lives. Hopefully when you make those mistakes you’ve learned from them and become a better person.”
Rev. Holland adds, "I don’t know exactly what the charges are so I can’t comment on that, but as far as welcoming him back ... there’s nothing out there he could’ve done to make us not welcome him back."
got a swift kick in the ass from reality last night ... when 'Idol' producers confronted the singer on tape and told him he's FIRED from the show for lying about his criminal past.
Jones took it well ... thanking executive producers Nigel Lythgoe
and Ken Warwick
for the opportunity ... and then getting into the back of a waiting car ... not a cop car.
TMZ broke the story ... Jones has 4 warrants out
for his arrest and a history of allegedly using multiple fake names with cops.
Goodbye Jermaine ... whoever you are.
The 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.
" contestant Jermaine Jones
fled Los Angeles and the "A.I." guillotine ... because we got video of him after he landed in Philadelphia last night.
Jones flew first class -- which makes us think "Idol" may have paid for the ticket.
As we reported, the plan was for Jermaine to appear on tonight's show
, facing the music for lying about his criminal past.
It's true -- jets also fly west, but it would be a very fast turnaround.
Soon-to-be-axed "American Idol
" singer Jermaine Jones
is a big, fat phony ... who repeatedly LIED to police ... has issues with violence ... and terrorized "Idol" staff ... according to police documents and information obtained by "A.I."
We broke the story ... Jones will be fired
from the show tonight for lying to producers about his criminal history ... and now we've learned the troubling details from the multiple run-ins with the law Jones was trying to conceal.
One incident went down on March 5, 2011 ... when Jones was involved in a fight at a Howard Johnson Hotel in Jersey. We're told cops responded ... but Jermaine gave them a fake name -- Joel Jones
Jermaine was charged with public nuisance and obstruction of justice. He was also arrested for having outstanding warrants.
The next incident went down November 27, 2011 ... when Jermaine was the passenger in a car that was pulled over in Gloucester Township, NJ. Jermaine was questioned by cops and ONCE AGAIN gave them a fake name -- Kareem Watkins
Jermaine was charged for hindering apprehension and giving false information to avoid self-discovery. He was also arrested for having outstanding warrants ... again.
We've learned ... Jermaine had a total of 4 outstanding warrants ... 3 for driving on a suspended license and 1 for disorderly conduct with an open container.
There's more ... "Idol" sources tell us Jermaine was "very aggressive" behind the scenes ... once terrorizing a member of the staff by screaming at her because he didn't like his wardrobe.
"Idol" sources also tell us ... Jermaine had been questioned about his past by the "A.I." risk management team before he was selected into the top 24 ... and he SWORE, among other things, that he hadn't been in a fight since high school.
Pants on fire ... and now his lies have cost him the best opportunity of his life.
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.
A contestant on "American Idol
" will be kicked off the show Wednesday because the singer concealed multiple crimes from producers ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the show tell us ... the contestant -- one of the final 12 -- was charged with 2 crimes in 2011, one involving violence. We're told in both cases the contestant gave a fake name to cops when arrested.
In addition, we're told the contestant has outstanding warrants -- again, the singer concealed it from producers.
We're told the contestant was confronted with the information on camera today and the footage will air on Wednesday's show.
-- the 6'8" gentle giant on "American Idol
" -- has big problems with the truth, because he fabricated a sob story to "A.I." producers to win the hearts and minds of the American people.
"A.I." sources told TMZ ... last week, after appearing on the show ... Jermaine came to them and said his dad called him from out of the blue, claiming pops abandoned him
and his mom 10 years ago. Jermaine told producers he was extremely upset that his dad suddenly reappeared in his life now that he was famous and potentially rich. Jermaine said his dad was "a lousy father" and wanted nothing to do with him.
Well TMZ spoke with Jermaine's dad, Kevin Jones
, who says the sob story is absurd -- that he has had an ongoing relationship with the young man through the years and even had dinner with him on both Wednesday and Thursday night of last week.
Kevin also says his son was not telling the truth about getting a phone call from out of the blue -- Kevin says he was actually in the audience last week supporting his child.
We spoke with production people on "Idol" who tell us they are "shocked" Jermaine concocted the story and it seems like it was all a ploy to get some traction on the show.
We could not reach Jermaine for comment.
-- the 6'8" "American Idol" contestant dubbed "The Gentle Giant" -- had an unwanted caller last night ... his dad.
Jones and his mom had it rough after his father abandoned him 10 years ago. But it's amazing what a little fame and potential earning power can do to a fractured relationship.
Last night ... Jones' dad called and tried to make nice. Sources tell us ... the dad told Jermaine, "Hi, I'm in Los Angeles. Why are you telling everyone you haven't got a dad?" We're told the 25-year-old contestant was "extremely upset" by the call.
Jermaine told a friend, "He's a lovely man but a lousy father."