Clay Aiken: Root Canals Are More Entertaining Than the 'American Idol' Judges
To say Clay Aiken didn't like the season premiere of the final season of American Idol would be an understatement.
He went on a Twitter rampage:
Well... now I know why the ratings are down. 😴— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) January 7, 2016
Oh good Lord... those boring ass responses from the judges!? Where is Simon when you need him!? That guy need a hook to pull him off stage.— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) January 7, 2016
Fans of the show immediately went on the attack:
“He seems to have abandoned any sense of gratitude for the entertainment machine that plucked him out of obscurity and made him a household name," one person wrote.
“Considering this 'boring' show is what put Clay Aiken on the map...sounds like bitter pill to me,” wrote another.
Aiken defended his comments, tweeting:
We're all more critical of the things we care about most.— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) January 7, 2016
When you really love something you only want the best for it, and you have high expectations from those you know are capable of it.— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) January 7, 2016
But season one winner Kelly Clarkson praised the show that made her a star, tweeting:
Watching @AmericanIdol & totally crying like a pregnant girl every time some1 makes it ha! Last season, so crazy! Thanks 4 my start Idol :)— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) January 7, 2016
Carrie Underwood, who catapulted to stardom on Idol, also weighed in.
Been walking down memory lane a lot lately...hard to believe it's @AmericanIdol 's last season! Thank you for making my dreams come true!— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) January 6, 2016