By now you have probably heard that nine Afro-American former Idol contestants have joined
together to sue AI claiming they were forced off the show as part of a racist and illegal plot to boost ratings.
They include: Corey Clark and Jaered Andrews from Season 2; Donnie Williams from Season 3; Terrell Brittenum and Derrell Brittenum from Season 5; Thomas Daniels and Akron Watson from Season 6; Ju’Not Joyner from Season 8; and Chris Golightly from Season 9.
On the surface the allegation seems ridiculous. What possible advantage could AI have by forcing
any good singer, no matter their race, off the show? And if the AI powers-that-be including executive producer Nigel Lythgoe did so why chance a lawsuit such as this and the fallout negative publicity?
But Idol Chatter will leave all that to the courts to determine.
In the meantime, Clark has also sued E Entertainment, FOX and two law firms representing FOX all for defamation of character, Undoubtedly, Mr. Clark is going to spend more time in a courtroom than he did on the AI stage.