Simon Cowell has bowed to the backlash and actually apologized for comparing an American Idol contestant to a “bush baby.”
Of course, speaking to the TV writers this weekend, Simon first defended his harsh comment as “an off the cuff remark,” and warned future delusional Idol contestants, “If you don’t want to hear that, don’t show up.”
But then the Idol judge added:“If he’s offended, then I apologise,” he said. “I might never call anyone a bush baby again.”
Simon directed the remark at contestant Kenneth Briggs of Seattle, a little fella Simon first described as “a little odd.”
“Your dancing is terrible, the singing was horrendous, and you look like one of those creatures that live in the jungle with those massive eyes,” Simon said. “What are they called? Bush baby.”
When Kenneth left the room, all the Idol judges had a good laugh.
Kenneth, meanwhile has become a williamhungian audience favorite and has already appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live with fellow Idolreject Jonathan Jayne, a roly poly autistic warbler with whom producers paired him.
(Food for thought: According to the African Wildlife Foundation, “the lesser galago, also called bush baby, is one of the smallest primates… Despite its size, it is exceptionally vocal, producing loud, shrill cries surprisingly like those of a human baby.” Hmmm…did a smart alec Idol writer give Simon the “bush baby” line?)