I was asked in the comment section of American Idol Justice (below) if I watched the ABC "expose" last night. Yes, I hate to admit it, but I did.
I have no way of knowing if Paula Abdul behaved in an inappropriate manner with Mr. Clark. I hope not for several reasons. But I can say this. I have far more reason to believe, after watching 60 minutes of Primetime, that Corey Clark is an opportunist looking for publicity in order to sell his album and/or sell his book proposal. Nothing he said convinces me that he wanted to "come clean" and tell the truth two years later. Nothing the Primetime folks did or asked or showed seemed like anything more than a weak attempt to ride the coattails of Fox’s wildly popular show. I’m sorry I fell victim and added to their rating numbers last night.
I became suspicious early in the program when they showed clips of Paula saying sugary things about Corey in her judging comments, showing her hugging him and the voice over trying to make it seem that those actions indicated something special between them. Good grief! Anyone who has watched just a few shows has heard Paula say similar things about lots of the contestants, both guys and gals. She’s hugged a few this season, too. Paula is a cheerleader. She rarely says anything remotely critical. She gushes praise, often when the performance doesn’t deserve it. If she can’t say something nice about their singing, she’ll say the contestants looked like they were having fun on the stage or that their clothes look great.
So, yes, I watched the "expose", and the bottom line is, Primetime was really scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with this and try to make it news. Tsk, tsk. And Mr. Clark? Well, he’s guilty of bad manners (never kiss and tell), bad judgment, and/or outright lying.
Remember the good old days when folks didn’t want to air their dirty laundry in public? Sigh…