Rosie O’Donnell is once again the talk of the town. After releasing some daring statements on her talk show The View
, she gets a dose of her own medicine. American Idol
producer Nigel Lythgoe counter attacks Rosie O’Donnell for making noise over the Frenchie Davis-Antonella Barba
issue. O’Donnell’s talk about the show being biased, calling American Idol “racist” among other things have thrust the exec to respond in turn.
Lythgoe said, "Without wishing to add to the obvious self-promotion of Ms. O'Donnell, I feel as though I must refute her absurd and ridiculous claims that 'American Idol
' is racist and/or weightiest. Ms. O'Donnell has, once again, spoken without thought or knowledge. Viewers need only look at the show tonight to realize that ‘American Idol
' constantly confirms to America that talent has nothing to do with weight or color."
O’Donnell, a 45-year old comedian, stage actress and television personality, released some bold comments about American Idol
. She said, "I'm a little upset…why is it that Frenchie was kicked off and this girl was not…I think its racist. I really do. I think it's because [Frenchie] is black that they kicked her off… It's weightist too, [Davis is] nude on the Internet and she gets kicked off the show... she's humiliated, disgraced, and limps away with her tale between her legs, while [Barba] is still on. [Barba] can't sing a note by the way." O’Donnell made such noise after the protests over Frenchie Davis' disqualification vs. Antonella Barba’s continued inclusion on the show back then. Now, the controversial Barba has been eliminated on the show leaving American Idol
with 12 finalists remaining.
Following the executive producer’s statement, O’Donnell posted on her website, "Well, what can you say really? I call it as I see it," she continued. "Blah, blah, blah, blah."
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist