Corey Clark's Claims Threaten
They're the two events everybody in the country is
talking about: another "American Idol" will
go home Wednesday night on FOX, even as rival network
ABC airs explosive allegations about judge Paula Abdul.
Former "Idol" contestant Corey Clark
speaks out to "Primetime Live's" John
Quinones, charging that Paula coached him and
even had an affair with him while he was a contestant
on the show.
"We had a couple of drinks and she was talking
to me and she was letting me know all of the ins
and outs of the show," Clark reveals to Quinones.
Did she offer to help him on "American Idol?"
"Oh, of course," Clark responds, adding
that Paula even helped pick his songs, his clothes
and got his hair cut for him.
Quinones talked with our Tanika Ray Wednesday
morning, saying that Clark claims Paula helped
him impress her fellow judges, including former
Journey member Randy Jackson, by telling Clark
to perform one of the group's hits, "Foolish
"In the end, he performs that song and Randy
loves it, stands up and applauds and says, 'You
know I performed that in Journey,'" Quinones
told Tanika. "He says, 'I didn't know that.'
He's lying. Paula, he says, had told him all about
Clark also claims that Abdul provided him with
prescription cough medicine, originally prescribed
to her, to soothe his throat, and he even says
Paula warned him not to go public about their
"You'll see phone records, you'll even hear
a voice that Corey says is Paula Abdul telling
him not to talk to the press," Quinones revealed.
Paula says Corey is lying, but she won't talk
about the exposÈ. FOX cautioned viewers in a statement
to examine Clark's motives. Clark was kicked off
"Idol" for not disclosing his criminal
Meanwhile, Simon Cowell is standing by Paula,
saying the worst she can be accused of is caring
too much. "That's Paula," he insisted
to "Extra." "There's nothing wrong
with it, and there's nothing underhanded going
on behind the scenes."
In any case, for now, whatever's going on behind
the scenes is every bit as riveting as the singing