American Idol is denying the accusations made by 19-year-old Ashley Kauffman, who claimed staffers made her sit in the back row last Thursday because she was “just too big, too heavy to be in front” with her skinny friends. Instead, Idol is insinuating that she made the whole thing up.
A higher-up says, “Our audience coordinator explained they had six great seats on the floor however, the seats were in two groups of three.” That coordinator said Ashley and her five friends agreed to be split up, with three of them sitting four rows behind the other three.
So contrary to what Ashley said, she was not sent to the back row of the studio. In fact, she had great seats. The “Idol” higher-up says that Ashley was, “directly in camera shot, in some of the best seats in the house. We always strive to assure that every audience member has the best experience possible, and these allegations are simply untrue.”