April 13, 2008 08:31 PM by Joe Reality
Move over Simon Cowell. The most hated man on American Idol now appears to be Ryan Seacrest. After Seacrest’s cruel tease during the American Idol results show to make Michael Johns think he might have a second chance since it was Idol Gives Back week, many American Idol fans have been expressing their outrage.
On American Idol message boards and blogs, some fans have been calling for Seacrest to be kicked off the show while other fans have been demanding that Seacrest apologize to Michael Johns. While Seacrest does have his defenders who point out that he was likely just reading off a scripted card, the overwhelming response seems to be that Seacrest went too far.
So what does Michael Johns think about Ryan Seacrest’s cruel trick? In a media conference call, Johns said, “Look, I get the television aspect of this competition, but it was tough. I thought okay, I’m going home and then he did that and I was, ‘Wait a second, maybe I’m not going home. Maybe they’re just having a good laugh.’ I hadn’t been in the bottom three before, so I was thinking that was a possibility. When reality set in and Ryan gave me a look as if to say, ‘Look, I am so sorry I had to do that,’ but you get it. I don’t hold it against Ryan or anything. After this I’m hopefully going to make a great record. It won’t be the last you see of me.”
Since Michael Johns doesn’t hold any grudges against Ryan Seacrest, should American Idol viewers? Should Ryan Seacrest apologize for the way he handled Michael John’s elimination? As unusual as it may sound, there is a strong argument that could be made that the way Ryan Seacrest’s mean trick could actually be the best thing that could have happened for Michael Johns. Because the comment came off as cruel, it garnered sympathy for Michael Johns from millions of viewers, which could help him as he continues to pursue his career.
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