ABC News sets date for ‘Idol’ chatter

'Fallen' report skedded to air May 4

After months of galvanizing its journalistic troops, ABC News is ready to push the button on its potentially headline-making “American Idol” expose (Daily Variety, April 21).

Report, dubbed “Fallen Idol,” will air as a special stand-alone edition of “Primetime Live” on Wednesday, May 4, at 10 p.m., with John Quinones reporting.

Alphabet’s announcement of the special gives no details of the content of the hour. Instead, net said only that the special “will explore explosive claims about behind-the-scenes activities at ‘American Idol’.”

Industry insiders have said “Primetime” producers have been asking questions about whether any of the judges involved in the show may have had contact with contestants outside the context of the series, and whether that might have impacted judging.

Earlier this month, New York Post gossip diva Cindy Adams reported that booted “Idol” contestant Corey Clark was shopping around a book proposal about his experiences with the show. Then last week, MSNBC’s Web site picked up a report from supermarket tab Globe that said Clark’s book proposal alleges he had an affair with judge Paula Abdul.

Clark was kicked off “Idol” when charges surfaced that he had assaulted his younger sister.

It’s unclear if ABC’s report will pick up on Clark’s charges. Net has declined comment on its subject matter.

Fox and the producers of “American Idol” declined comment on ABC’s report.

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