August 04, 2011 12:29 PM by Lisa Princ
Really? Who doesn’t love FOX’s American Idol or NBC’s The Biggest Loser? Jerry Lewis, that’s who! That’s right, Jerry Lewis recently went on a bash fest about American Idol, The Biggest Loser, and reality television in general! What did Jerry Lewis say? Read on to find out!
There is no doubt that television has changed since comedian Jerry Lewis’ heyday, but does he really hate reality television? You betcha! Jerry Lewis claims he is a fan of television, but not so much of reality television as he said: “I don’t allow people in my family to use the term ‘TV.’ It’s ‘television,’ it’s a miracle, and deserves respect.”
And then he went on a bash fest, starting with one of the most popular and highest rated shows – American Idol. Jerry Lewis revealed his true feelings for American Idol as he stated (while promoting his new documentary): “The kids who are on American Idol, they’re all McDonald’s wipeouts. They’ve all been dumped. They’ve worked there and now they’re doing that. And of course they all play a guitar, which takes the place of music.” You have got to be kidding Mr. Lewis? Maybe he completely missed Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and all the other successful Idols out there?
Don’t worry American Idol fans, Jerry Lewis did not stop there as he also had a message for NBC’s The Biggest Loser, which happens to be one of the most inspiring of the reality shows on the air today. Jerry Lewis bashed The Biggest Loser saying: “This business is scrounging around for what to do. The medium is busy knocking its brand out to display the fat lady at 375 pounds (who) in two months is gonna be 240. Who gives a shit?” and then he went on with his rant adding: “The industry has destroyed itself. We don’t have the soul in our industry that we had when I was working in it. The soul has been desperately deteriorating [in] it, only because you’ve got a guy running a network whose aunt died and left him some stock.”
Wow, those are some harsh words about our favorite and extremely popular reality shows. What do you think about Jerry’s comments? I am honestly surprised that he chose two of the more inspiring shows to pick on, and left the Real Housewives unscathed – I’d hate to see what he would have said if asked about those!
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Topics: American Idol, FOX Reality TV Shows, NBC Reality TV Shows, Reality TV, The Biggest Loser |
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