Jermaine Jones: Kicked Off 'American Idol' To Boost Ratings?

Wed, March 14, 2012 1:14pm EDT by 4 Comments
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Sources close to the show tell HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that producers found the perfect opportunity for a ‘watercooler moment’ on an otherwise slow season — are YOU surprised?

Jermaine Jones was booted from American Idol because of not fully admitting his previous arrests, but sources close to production are telling HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that not only were his arrests common knowledge, but the move was a power play to boost ratings for the struggling season!

Jermaine, 25, annoyed Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe with his lies and was made an example of, sources say

“Nigel was aware of the troubles Jermaine had before the announcement of him being kicked off the show,” the source said. “They didn’t know about everything but they knew about a lot. They are actually more upset that he lied about his father being a deadbeat dad. They wanted to make him an example to the other Idols that you can’t play games, and have to play by the rules set forth by Nigel. You really have to be in Nigel’s ‘favorite’ club.”

Furthermore, Nigel, 62, thought this was a unique opportunity to shock fans and create a season-defining moment.

“Some people on set are also upset that they are using this as a ratings grab because this season hasn’t had a breakout moment,” the source also said. “The other Idols and staffers were extremely surprised with how this all turned out since Jermaine was very nice on set. I was told this is all Nigel’s call: he runs the show very tight and doesn’t allow much to happen organically. It’s his decision on everything that makes it to TV.”

Do YOU think Jermaine was kicked off the show in order to boost ratings, HollywoodLifers?

— Reporting By Russ Weakland, Written By William Earl

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