Clay Aiken Blasts Newsweek In Contenious Interview

‘American Idol’ season two runner-up 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.”

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