Fox, ‘Idol’ Producers Say They Are Investigating Claims

May 5, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The morning after ABC’s “primetime>live” exposé on “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul and her apparent relationship with former contestant Corey Clark, Fox and “Idol” producers announced they are conducting their own investigation into Mr. Clark’s allegations that Ms. Abdul had helped him with song choices, picked out his wardrobe and ultimately engaged in a sexual relationship with him.

“We have concerns about the motives behind last night’s purported news special, as much of it was filled with rumor, speculation and assertions from a disqualified contestant who admitted during the special to telling lies,” the statement from the producers of “American Idol,” Fremantle Media, 19 Entertainment and Fox Broadcasting said.

The statement also said Mr. Clark, who was dismissed from the show in April 2003, has not brought up his relationship with Ms. Abdul with “Idol” producers, and that he has not yet cooperated with Fox’s own in-house investigation.

“Despite documented procedures and multiple opportunities, as well as contractual requirements for contestants to raise any concerns, we were never notified or contacted by Mr. Clark or any other individual, nor presented any evidence concerning these claims,” the statement said. “Upon recently hearing rumors of Mr. Clark’s claims, we contacted him and requested that he detail his accusations to us. That has yet to happen.”

The statement, which made no mention of Ms. Abdul, stressed that Mr. Clark’s allegations had nothing to do with the final outcome of the show.

“The ultimate decision on which contestants move forward on ‘American Idol’ has always been determined by the voting public,” the statement said. “We have gone to great lengths and great expense to create a voting system that is fair and reliable. Judges may offer opinions, but viewers vote using their own subjective criteria; and it is the voters who ultimately determine each season’s American Idol.”