‘Showbiz Tonight’ is getting to the bottom of the mystery surrounding one of Paula Abdul’s biggest fans, talking with ‘Banfield and Ford: In Session’ anchor Ashleigh Banfield and CNN ‘American Morning’ entertainment correspondent Lola Ogunnaike. Paula Goodspeed, a former contestant on ‘American Idol’ whose audition was slammed by the judges, was found dead outside Abdul’s home earlier this week in an apparent suicide.
Asked whether ‘Idol’ producers might be more careful in the future about whom they choose to audition before the show’s four judges and how they’re treated, Banfield responded, “Possibly, but probably not. Because part of the show’s allure is the crazies who come out and perform. I think perhaps what they might be more careful of as they have been already is the liability waivers that I’m sure these contestants have to sign. Not to say that they’re absolutely bullet proof, but I think they’ll probably go over this. And I’m not suggesting for anyone suing at this point, but you know what? It’s a possibility.” Video of the segment, aired Thursday (November 13), has been removed at Turner.com.