Jerry Lewis Blasts American Idol as "Soul-Deteriorating"

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Comedian Jerry Lewis has made millions of people laugh over the years. But we doubt Fox executives found his comments at the Television Critics Association press tour very funny.

Taking the stage in front of reporters, Lewis said he considers television a "miracle," but he isn't a big fan of most programs these days. Especially American Idol.

"The kids who are on American Idol, they're all McDonald's wipeouts," Jerry said. "They've all been dumped. They've worked there and now they're doing that. And of course they all play a guitar, which takes the place of music."

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But how do you really feel, Jerry?

"The industry has destroyed itself. We don't have the soul in our industry that we had when I was working. And the soul has been desperately deteriorated, only because you got a guy that's running a network whose aunt died and left him some stock."

 Ouch. Sorry, Scotty McCreery. But you probably can't count on Lewis buying your album.

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I'm sorry for my previous comment. I have never donated anything to any charity in the past, I was just upset because I love American Idol. I'm also too young to know what real music was like, before auto-tune.

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Easy, Jerry, there goes my donation to your charity......Kids are Kids and you can't bad mouth one whether they work or eat at McDonalds.... Shame on you Jerry...especially you who always supports kids........shame... what a shame....

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I totally agree with Jerry!

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]