Caleb Johnson Apologizes for "Retard" Comment, Thanks Fans for Support

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Caleb Johnson is learning to choose his words carefully when it comes to life in the spotlight.

Following a recent American Idol performance episode in which the remaining finalists sang tracks selected for them by fans, the aspiring rocker went off a bit on the experience and on Internet users in general.

Caleb Johnson - "As Long As You Love Me"
Caleb Johnson is trying to win it all. He sings "As Long As You Love Me" on the American Idol finale here.

"I don’t really enjoy having to see somebody telling me what song I need to sing," Johnson said. "I think at this point of the competition, I can pick and choose my own songs and represent me."

It was the producers' idea, of course, to have viewers select the singles for a week, but Caleb then got himself into major trouble when asked about the affect social media now has on American Idol.

"It gives access to a bunch of retards to talk to me," he replied.

Yeah. Oops.

Following a wave of criticism for using this word in such a pejorative context, Johnson issued an apology over the weekend via Facebook.

"For the record that juvenile comment I made in the interview was not directed towards my fans but to the wackos that send hundreds of hate messages a day to me," he wrote, adding:

"You guys are amazing and I cannot thank you enough for your support. Sorry if it offended anybody it was the wrong choice of words . Also I greatly appreciate it when you guys give me song suggestions but it gets really overwhelming at the volume it comes in so please understand ! Rock on!"

Earlier this season, Johnson was also stated a mea culpa after seemingly making light of people with life-threatening peanut allergies.

He's one of four contestants remaining on American Idol.

Caleb Johnson
Caleb Johnson is a 22-year old native of North Carolina. He is doing very well for himself on American Idol.

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So glad I read this article. It gave me even more validation for no longer watching American Idol. Any credibility that show had left with Simon...and that's stretching it. Now this guy who could have had a great ride shows his ignorance and real colors. A disgrace.