Seacrest Explains Idol Ouster
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest on Friday confirmed reports that contestant Joanna Pacitti was dropped from the competition because she had business relationships with two executives of the show's production company, 19 Entertainment. The two executives were later identified as Michele Young and Roger Widynowski. In an interview with Fox News, Seacrest did not provide details of the relationship. He said, "[The producers] saw something, and there was apparently some sort of a link that, somewhere along the line, could be construed as one that's close to the competition, and they didn't want to risk it." He added, "Rules are rules and you've got to play by them."