Brian Dunkleman Won’t Be In Next ‘American Idol’

Reuters reports ‘American Idol’ co-host Brian Dunkleman won’t be part of the hit Fox reality show’s second season. The Dunk was allowed to save face by declaring Thursday that it was his decision not to return. “I have decided not to return for season two in order to pursue other opportunities in the world of TV and feature films,” Dunkleman said, adding that he was “so grateful” for the opportunity “Idol” had given him.

‘American Idol’ DVD Out October 15

September 30, 2002 – Those who didn’t get enough ‘American Idol’ shoved down their throat can now look forward to the ‘American Idol’ DVD, in stores on October 15th. The DVD features never-before-seen bonus footage, the top 10 arguments, and the complete auditions from the top 10 finalists. Also included is the ballad ‘A Moment Like This’, sung by the show’s winner Kelly Clarkson.

Joe Rogan Has A New Idea For ‘ II’

September 27, 2002 – Comedian and ‘Fear Factor’ host Joe Rogan was on Last Call with Carson Daly on Thursday, when he suggested a new reality show that combines two existing shows. “What we gotta do now, is we gotta start combining shows, this is my idea,” Rogan said. “We combine my two favorite shows, ‘American Idol’ and ‘When Animals Attack.’ And you take like, you know, just some Celine Dion, Ricky Martin wannabes and you put them on a sound stage with a hyena with an ear infection.” Carson responded, “You really are sick.”

Pearlman To Launch Orlando Version Of ‘American Idol’

September 21, 2002 – Orlando’s WESH TV reports Lou Pearlman wants a piece of the money generated by the summer’s smash hit ‘American Idol’ by launching his own version, which he’ll tape in Orlando. “I think so many people want to exploit talent, see if they have what it takes,” he said.

Success Spawns American Candidate

September 21, 2002 – According to the Drudge Report, the success of Fox’s ‘American Idol’ and inspired by a similar show planned in Argentina, the Rupert Murdoch FX network is set to mount an ambitious two-year endeavor that will culminate in the American public voting on — a “people’s candidate” to run for president of the United States in 2004. Like Idol, the number of semifinalists will be whittled down each week, based on live audience response and telephone/Internet voting.

Seacrest Gets $1 Million – Dunkleman Gets Cold Shoulder

September 21, 2002 – TV Guide Online reports Ryan Seacrest has signed a $1 million deal to return as host of the upcoming second installment of Fox’s ‘American Idol’, but the same can’t be said for co-host Brian Dunkleman – and it doesn’t look good for him.

Cast Booed On Vegas To LA Flight

September 21, 2002 – Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports passengers on a recent Las Vegas-to-Los Angeles were furious with the cast of ‘American Idol’ after they showed up only minutes before the flight’s departure, causing a delay, and demanded to be able to sit together. Passengers moved to avoid further delay, but they booed the cast and crew loudly as they boarded. Norm adds that the show’s co-host Brian Dunkleman won’t be part of Fox’s plans for ‘American Idol II’.

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