Nine black former “American Idol” contestants from various seasons are banding together to sue the show claiming they were all forced off “Idol” as part of a racist (and illegal) plot to boost ratings. TMZ has obtained a letter, submitted to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by NY attorney James H. Freeman in which he asks for permission to sue Idol and FOX on behalf of his clients who have all appeared on the show:
Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (Season 2), Donnie Williams (Season 3), Terrell Brittenum (Season 5), Derrell Brittenum (Season 5), Thomas Daniels (Season 6), Akron Watson (Season 6), Ju’Not Joyner (Season 8) and Chris Golightly (Season 9).
You can read more details over at TMZ. My first impression here is that it’s going to take a hell of a lot more than an accusation here. I mean there’s gotta be some substantial proof here. Freeman claimed in his letter there was something “fishy” about Idol when Jermaine Jones was kicked off. Freeman thinks that Idol is being inhumane and cruel in its treatment of blacks to boost ratings.
Show head honcho Nigel Lythgoe was “shocked” at the allegations. Like I said, this is gonna take a hell of a lot of digging to make traction but it isn’t the first time the show has been accused of racism before.