January 31, 2007 11:37 PM by Joe Reality
A story recently appeared on Us Weekly’s website that almost anybody
would have to have known was false. Us Weekly reported that Courtney
Love was invited by American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe to be a guest
judge on American Idol. Us Weekly also went on to report that even
though Love refused to provide any more specific details that a source
told them Lythgoe was considering having Love replace Paula Abdul.
Every season there is some type of false report about Paula Abdul being
replaced on American Idol, and Us Weekly’s report had to be the most
outlandish one ever.
Incredible, the story was so bizarre that media outlets across the world hungry for Idol news just couldn’t pass on this incredulous story, and it made international headlines. Of course, Nigel Lythgoe from American Idol quickly cleared things up by clarifying that not only is Courtney Love not replacing Paula Abdul but he never even called her about being a guest judge.
When Nigel denied the story, Us Weekly quickly published a follow-up report to suggest that Courtney Love was punked by a Nigel Lythgoe impersonator. While it might be entirely possible that Courtney Love was the victim of a prankster inviting her to guest judge on American Idol, it doesn’t explain Us Weekly’s source that went a step further in telling them that Courtney Love might replace Paula Abdul. Did the same person who punked Courtney Love also punk Us Weekly into thinking they were a reliable source? Sounds like there is a lot of punking going on.