Let me put on my Cosby voice for a minute: You see kids, you can’t just go burnin’ bridges and then expect to be able to walk back across ’em later on. Pudding pops.
The Enquirer is reporting that when Clay Aiken visited the set of American Idol recently–without being invited or letting anyone know he was coming– he was given limited access, confined to break rooms and a few backstage areas, and then shuffled quickly and quietly out the door.
The purpose for his visit was supposedly because he wanted to have a talk with the contestants– Adam Lambert in particular, who is said to be his favorite– and offer them advice and mentoring from someone who has been there before… the key words in that phrase being “has been.”
Producers and reps from “American Idol” have had a long-simmering feud with Clay because he was one of the first contestant to bolt from 19 Entertainment, the management company that oversees the recording deals, merchandising, touring, sponsorship, and movie deals for “Idol” stars.
Network execs believe that Clay encouraged Kelly Clarkson to cut her ties with the show as well.
“They’ve always held a grudge against Clay for that,” revealed the insider. “So when he showed up at the ‘Idol’ studios and asked if he could give a little pep talk to the remaining finalists, they told Clay thanks… but no thanks.
“It was made clear to him that he was not welcome.”
People are speculating that visit may not have been motivated purely out of concern for the wellbeing of the remaining contestants, but might actually have been *gasp!* a self-serving and desperate attempt at reviving his own career. The 30 year old was dropped from his record label, RCA, late last year, and like a college kid hauling his empty stomach and his dirty laundry home to mom & dad on the weekend, has no place to go except back to Idol.