An American Idol producer has denied reports Paula Abdul is set to leave the hit reality show, insisting she is an “integral part” of the singing contest.
Abdul has been mired in controversy after a crazed fan committed suicide outside her California home last month.
She claimed producers failed to keep Paula Goodspeed away and let her audition on three separate occasions, knowing she had stalked the star for 17 years.
Bosses denied knowing Godspeed was a threat and rumours surfaced that Abdul would be leaving the hit show.
But producer Ken Warwick has flatly denied the reports, insisting the judge is “worth her weight in gold”.
He told People.com: “America loves Paula. Shes an integral part of this programme. There’s never been any discussion that we would want to get rid of Paula, Never have I been faced with anyone saying Paula’s got to go. She’s one of the foundation blocks of this series. She keeps Simon well in control, which is worth its weight in gold.”
And Warwick is adamant he had no idea Goodspeed had a problem with Abdul – and if he had he would not have let her come face-to-face with the judge.
He added: “I was in the room there and I can absolutely put my hand on my heart and say I didn’t know. I didn’t even know that this person was a risk or termed as a stalker. I knew she was a fan, an ardent fan. But that’s the only thing that came in front of me. I would definitely not put a dangerous person or a person remotely dangerous in front of the judges. You wouldn’t take that risk.”
He admits Abdul may have mentioned it to a security man or another junior producer. “But, if the inference is that I would put someone in there because it would make good television she certainly didn’t mention it to me. She certainly didn’t mention it to anybody with clout.”
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