Clay Aiken Assures Fans After Artificially Inseminating Woman

Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Wednesday night, “Clay Aiken is in the news. Yep. Clay Aiken announced that he’s gonna be a father by artificially inseminating a woman. Yeah. No, Aiken assured his fans, ‘Don’t worry, we won’t be doing it the icky way’.”

TMZ: Clay Aiken Artificially Inseminated Jaymes Foster

May 30, 2008 – TMZ.com has learned that Clay’s record producer Jaymes Foster, who the ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up lives with while he is in Los Angeles, is pregnant with the 30-year-old’s baby after being artificially inseminated using Clay’s sperm. Foster, who is 50 years old (!), is due in August and TMZ hears Clay will have an active role in raising the child. Watch a report from ‘Access Hollywood’ on the story below.

Clay Aiken Visits ‘Good Morning America’

May 11, 2008 – Clay visited ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ on Wednesday (May 7), where the 29-year-old talked about not having the time to watch the hit FOX show which launched his career, still being sore from his role in the Broadway production ‘Spamalot’, and the challenge to disconnect from the audience while stage acting, in contrast to singing before an audience. The interview and performance of ‘Ashes’ has since been removed at abcnews.go.com.

Clay Aiken Talks With ‘Backstage With Barry Nolan’

May 10, 2008 – Sara Edwards of ‘Backstage with Barry Nolan’ had caught up with Clay. The 29-year-old talked about recently losing 20 pounds, learning more from bad things than from good things, and becoming more comfortable in his job as an artist. Video at YouTube has since been removed.

Clay Aiken Visits ‘Today’

May 10, 2008 – Clay visited with the ‘Today’ show fourth hour hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford to discuss his newly released fourth album ‘On My Way Here’ and his plum role in Broadway’s ‘Spamalot’. The singer said he hadn’t watched the FOX reality show that spawned his career in three years. “I sound horrible saying this. Do you go to your high school football games? You know after a while, I’m here because of ‘American Idol’, and I’ll negate that.” Clay also discussed his first job at Winn-Dixie, never getting tired of singing, and how ‘As Long As We’re Here’ is his favorite song on the album. Watch the interview below.

No Rumors For Clay Aiken To Clear Up, Except Why He Went Blonde

May 7, 2008 – Clay tells OK! magazine he has no rumors he wants to clear up, including that long speculated and much discussed one about his sexual preference. “At this point everyone knows everything,” the ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up explained. “I had a fan a few years ago say ‘I know everything about you except for what your favorite color is.’ In that case, I’m never telling anyone my favorite color. I’ve stuck to it for five years – no one knows. For the most part, people know quite a bit. After five years, people have figured out as much as there is to know.”

As Aiken nears his 30th birthday, he did hint at why he decided to go blonde. “I don’t really know why we did this,” he laughed. “With the dark hair, I felt I was looking old. I’ll be completely honest with you. I’m sure I’m going to go back to the dark at some point just because the blond, I don’t know, whatever. When I get my hair out from under the [‘Spamalot’] wig, I’ll be going back to the brown.” Read more.

Clay Aiken Won’t Tour This Summer

Fans of Clay Aiken won’t be happy to hear the ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up doesn’t plan on hitting the road soon in support of his new album ‘On My Way Here’, out Tuesday. Instead, the 29-year-old will be enjoying the summer back home in North Carolina. “We’re not touring actually,” Aiken tells SheKnows.com. “I have not had two days off in a row since I don’t know when. I know since September, between the Christmas tour, and then I did a UNICEF trip to Mexico, I came straight from there to New York to do rehearsals for ‘Spamalot’. I’m in ‘Spamalot’ until May 4 and then I’ll take the fifth off and then from then on we’ll be promoting the new album for a few weeks straight. But after that, I’m going to sit down for a little bit.”

Aiken continued, “I’m going to just sit. To be honest, I haven’t had any time off in the summer in five years. There was the ‘Idol’ tour, and then I toured on my own the next two years straight. The three years after that I have been steadily on the road during the summer. I’m interested in seeing what North Carolina’s like during the summer. I’ve forgotten.”

The article at sheknows.com has since been removed.

‘On My Way Here’ Becomes A Theme For Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken 'On My Way Here' album cover

Clay Aiken spoke with Ricardo Baca of the Denver Post about his new single and title track off his new album, ‘On My Way Here’, a track written by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. Aiken said when he and producer Jaymes came across the track, it made such an impact with the ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up that they scrapped most of the previous songs they’d demoed. “When we heard that one a year ago, we changed the whole direction of the record,” Aiken said. “We had no theme before. We were just going to make an album. But with this song, everything rang so true. Right there we started looking for songs that talked about something that I had experienced in the last five years or something that explored a feeling I’d had.” Read more.

Clay Aiken Takes Control With ‘On My Way Here’

May 5, 2008 – The News & Observer spoke with Clay about his new album ‘On My Way Here’, which sees the pop star have his first chance at taking control over which songs to sing on a release. With that freedom comes some responsibility, but Aiken tells Matt Ehlers he isn’t feeling any added pressure. “The truth is, if this does beautifully, excellent,” Aiken said. “If it doesn’t, at least I can’t blame anyone else.” As for how RCA is feeling about it, the 29-year-old said, “They’ve always tried to fit a square peg into a round hole with me. This time they said, you know what, ‘just let him do what he wants to do.'”

The full story at newsobserver.com has since been removed.

Clay Aiken On What Makes ‘On My Way Here’ Special

May 5, 2008 – As Clay prepares to release his new album ‘On My Way Here’, the singer was asked by the Charlotte Observer what makes his first album of original songs since 2003 so special. “It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for five years, and that makes it plenty special,” Aiken said. “There’s a song on it called ‘On My Way Here.’ We found that song, and the lyrics just really struck me. We already had songs chosen, but we scrapped them because we loved this song. The lyrics are really kind of powerful and almost personal.” The article at charlotte.com has since been removed.

Clay Aiken On Sexuality, Paxil & Crazy Fans

In a no-holds-barred interview with ‘Access Hollywood’ host Billy Bush on his radio show on Westwood One, ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up Clay Aiken discussed everything from people’s fascination with his sexuality to his wild fans. Aiken said he stopped taking Paxil due to weight gain, and again neither confirmed or denied if he is gay. Watch highlights of the interview below.

Clay Aiken To Have Pearly Whites For ‘Spamalot’ Debut

January 16, 2008 – Dr. Bobbi Stanley, a nationally acclaimed cosmetic dentist practicing in Cary, North Carolina issued a press release after performing a whitening procedure on Clay.

Dr. Stanley described how he came into contact with the singer, who is set to join the cast of the Tony award-winning musical ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ in the role of Sir Robin on Friday (January 18). “Clay contacted me right after he landed a booking on the Jimmy Kimmel show,” Dr. Stanley explained. “It was only five days before his appearance and he really wanted a new smile before the show.” Though the procedure would have taken up to three weeks to complete normally, having an office equipped with cutting-edge technology helped speed up the task. “We only had three days from start to finish, but we are set-up to accommodate busy patients in Clay’s situation, whether they are local or from out-of-town. So, our lab in California was not surprised to hear my request and agreed to go on 24-hour call to help me help Clay.”

Aiken said afterwards, “It was a great experience. Dr. Stanley fit me in at the very last-minute and provided me with a wonderful new smile. It was really more of a spa experience than a dental appointment. Although I live in Raleigh, I know that Dr. Stanley has a program for out-of-town patients who want to come in for a long weekend and go home with a beautiful new smile.”

Clay Aiken Joins ‘Spamalot’ On Broadway Beginning Friday

January 15, 2008 – Clay is joining the Tony award-winning musical ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ in the role of Sir Robin, kicking off at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre on West 44th Street beginning Friday. Aiken will continue his run through May 4th.

“Clay is amazing, beyond that glorious voice,” said director Mike Nichols. “Turns out he is an excellent comic actor and a master of character. People are going to be surprised by his wide-ranging talent, since the first impression is of great country charm and a singer to remember. This guy is not only a star; he is a lot more. We’re lucky to get him for ‘Spamalot’!”

But Aiken may have gotten off on the wrong foot with Monty Python fans by telling Newsweek that the first time he saw ‘Spamalot’, he thought it was “the stupidest thing I’d ever seen in my entire life” and that he “thought Monty Python was a person until three months ago.”

Clay Aiken Blasts Newsweek In Contenious Interview

‘American Idol’ season two runner-up Clay Aiken gave Newsweek an idea of how he’ll be handling questions regarding controversies he’s found himself in. Asked about last July’s incident on a Continental Airlines flight to Tulsa International Airport where he got in a spat with a female passenger, Aiken responded, “I’m not going to talk about it.” When the Newsweek’s Ramin Setoodeh said he was interested because Clay never talked about it, he fired back, “I did talk about it.”

Clay did issue a statement in July explaining what happened. “While sleeping on a plane over the weekend, my foot evidently found a home on the arm rest of the passenger seated directly in front of me,” Aiken said in the statement. “I didn’t realize I was causing the woman any distress until she woke me up with a quick hit to the chest. Unfortunately, being that this happened on a plane, the FBI was called in to investigate and eventually we were all sent on our way. I’d like to thank everyone for their concern; I’m fine and have taken steps to prevent any foot wandering in the future.”

Setoodeh then asked Aiken about the incident with ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ host Kelly Ripa, where Aiken, who was serving as a guest host in place of Regis Philbin, forcefully covered her mouth in order to get a question in. Kelly was not happy with Clay’s actions, and said, “I don’t know where that hand has been.” That remark prompted Rosie O’Donnell, then host of ‘The View’, to brand her remark homophobic. Aiken again said, “I’m not going to discuss it” to both the incident and the Rosie remark that it was homophobic, telling Setoodeh, “I think we’re done.”

Aiken then proceeded to take a few shots at the marquee news publication. “I thought Newsweek would be more reputable. I’m surprised,” he said, adding, “It was a year ago. This is Newsweek. It’s not the National Enquirer. I’d hate to have a job where I had to be rude to people.”

Clay Aiken Visits With Survivors Of Mexico’s Floods For Christmas

UNICEF Ambassador and ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up Clay Aiken wrapped up the first leg of his trip to the flood affected areas of southeast Mexico by participating in a gift exchange and “sing along” with over 300 children and their families at a camp erected for flood victims on Tuesday (December 25).

“The situation in Chiapas and Tabasco has really become a forgotten emergency,” said Aiken, who became an ambassador for the children’s agency in 2004. “Telling the story of these brave people, especially the children, to a U.S. audience is the reason that I am here. Sharing this experience with my family during this time of year makes it even more special.”

The singer is traveling the state of Tabasco with his mother and younger brother through Wednesday. Torrential rains last month in Tabasco and Chiapas produced the worst flooding the region has seen in more than 50 years.

Clay Aiken Christmas Memory

December 24, 2007 – Clay offered a Christmas memory to The New York Daily News’ Rush & Molloy. “My memories have always been the mishaps,” Aiken said. “I remember driving back from getting the Christmas tree and having to stick it through the open back windows of the car and freezing all the way home. I think a majority of Americans’ Christmas memories are much less ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and much more ‘National Lampoon.'”

Clay Aiken Drinking Beer With Two ‘Very Young’ French Men

December 16, 2007 – Ben Widdicombe of the New York Daily News reports that Clay was spotted drinking beer with the two “very young” French men the ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up brought with him to the opening of the Detny shoe store on New York City’s Mulberry St. last weekend.

Clay Aiken Added To Broadway Production Of ‘Spamalot’

October 16, 2007 – The Associated Press reports Clay is set to join the cast of the original New York production of the Tony winning ‘King Arthur’ send-up ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ on January 18, 2008. The ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up will play Sir Robin, described as “a cowardly knight well versed in the world of musical theater.” Aiken said of the role, “I really couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful group of people to work with. Let’s not lie, the chance to work with legendary creative minds like Mike Nichols and Eric Idle is, on its own, a reason to jump at this opportunity.”

Clay Aiken Beaten Up By A Girl

July 12, 2007 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Tuesday night, “Clay Aiken got into a a scuffle with a female passenger on a flight. Did you hear about this? Flying to Tulsa, gets in a a fight with a woman on the plane. Yeah. He told the audience he joked about getting beaten up by a a girl, which is the same thing she said.”

Conan O’Brien On Clay Aiken’s In-Flight Fight

Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Monday night, “This weekend on a Continental Airlines flight, singer Clay Aiken reportedly got in a dispute with another passenger. Yeah. Apparently, Aiken accused the other passenger of being in his seat, and not in a good way.” O’Brien later joked during his S.A.T. Analogies bit, “‘Clay Aiken on Saturday’ is to – ‘Had a fight on a plane.’ As ‘Clay Aiken on Sunday’ is to – ‘Had a Dwight and a Wayne’.”

Jay Leno On Clay Aiken’s In-Flight Fight

Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Monday night, “Clay Aiken in the news this week. You probably heard about this. Clay Aiken had a fight with a a woman on an airplane. Apparently, they were fighting over who would be the first one to have sex in the bathroom with actor Ralph Fiennes. … Clay Aiken fighting with a woman? You talk about hot girl on girl action. There’s something you don’t, you don’t want to miss on that.”

Clay Aiken Comments On In Flight Wandering Feet

July 10, 2007 – In an exclusive statement to ‘Entertainment Tonight’, season two ‘American Idol’ runner-up Clay Aiken responded to his minor dispute with a woman on a plane Saturday. “While sleeping on a plane over the weekend, my foot evidently found a home on the arm rest of the passenger seated directly in front of me,” Aiken said. “I didn’t realize I was causing the woman any distress until she woke me up with a quick hit to the chest. Unfortunately, being that this happened on a plane, the FBI was called in to investigate and eventually we were all sent on our way. I’d like to thank everyone for their concern; I am fine and have taken steps to prevent any foot wandering in the future.”

Clay Aiken Reacts To Press Coverage Of In-Flight Incident

‘American Idol’ season two runner-up Clay Aiken has posted the following message at his official fan club site in reaction to media coverage of his in-flight incident over the weekend:

Slow news day…

Well, I think the title of this blog is QUITE an understatement!

Never mind the children of Afghanistan, who got ZERO help from the media after UNICEF appealed for interest in that story.

Thank God for Entertainment Tonight! They were the only major outlet at all to care about the needs of those kids!If I were the desperate and threatened children of northern Uganda, who also have gotten almost no attention from the press (again, with the same exception of ET), I would be upset and dismayed that a stupid celebrity non-story is the top story on most news sites today. Meanwhile, at this very moment in northern Uganda, over forty thousand children are sleeping in city streets to protect themselves from being raped and tortured, yet no one mentions them.

Then again, as much as the media seems to screw up the actual facts in a situation, maybe they’re better off anyway.

Clay Aiken’s In-Flight Trouble

July 8, 2007 – PerezHilton.com has images of ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up Clay Aiken and the passenger he got in a scuffle with en route to Tulsa International Airport. “We got a call from the Captain who said the Clay was being ‘bothered’ by a fan,” the tipster said. “This was while the flight was still in the air. When the flight landed, the FBI was called because the flight attendant had said that Mr. Aiken was belligerent. All passengers were questioned. We heard nothing of a passenger who assaulted Mr. Aiken. In fact, it was Mr. Aiken and his ego that had the crew concerned and the Captain wanted the police at the gate on arrival into Tulsa. The woman in the picture is the supposed fan who bothered Mr. Aiken. Doesn’t look like she could hurt a fly.” Read more and check out the images here.

Clay Aiken Fan Club Forum Shut Down Over Sexuality Snit

The following message has been posted at Clay Aiken’s official fan club, ClayOnline.com: “Due to reports of extensive unrest and disrespect amongst members that has been carrying on for several weeks, the Official Fan Club Message Board will be shut down until further notice. Please note that should tensions continue on other areas of the fan club, severe consequences may occur. If you try to log in to the board you should see a message reading, ‘Sorry, the board is unavailable at the moment. We will be back soon…’ We appreciate your understanding in this matter.” An insider tells the New York Post that the conflict is over “the batty members that are still clinging to their heterosexual fantasies of him and others that don’t harbor such illusions.” Read more.

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