From Romances to Pills, Paula
Rumors Rock 'Idol'
"American Idol" lures nearly 30 million
people to FOX each week, but now, a rival network,
ABC, is setting its sights on the show, opening
a "Primetime Live" investigation into
charges of improper conduct between "Idol"
judges and contestants.
In a new book proposal, Season Two singer Corey
Clark reportedly claims he had an affair with
Paula Abdul in her guest house and even got his
cell phone bills paid by the judge so they could
secretly talk. Clark ended up getting booted off
the show for having a criminal record but he claims
Paula promised to spend $2 million to fund a recording
career for him.
Paula denies Clark's accusations, and her "Idol"
judges are coming to her defense -- but "Idol"
producers may have reason to be nervous if claims
being made by the former contestant reported in
The Globe turn out to be true.
"There's no underhandedness going on behind
the scenes," Simon told us. "Paula,
to be fair to her, will spend more time backstage
with the contestants giving encouragement. But
that's not a bad thing. I think [the accusations]
are rubbish. I think this is a guy who's out there
to publish a book."
But will Paula's recent admission that she was
prescribed multiple painkillers fuel speculation
that it impaired her judgment? Host Ryan Seacrest
came straight to our studio to answer that. "I've
never seen her take a pill," he said. "She's
never told us anything that has come out in the
magazines, but we hope she's back on track."
One thing's for sure, with sizzling ratings and
the finals just weeks away, America's number one
show is definitely the talk of the town.