Katy Perry is returning to â€śAmerican Idolâ€ť for a second season, despite a slew of fake news stories that ranged from the singing show being â€ścanceledâ€ť because of ratings to it coming back, but with Taylor Swift in her place. At the time those fabricated claims were first published, Gossip Cop was the first to report they were complete lies. Once again, time (and reality) has proven us right and exposed the outlets that manufacturing the lies.
In late March, Life & Style made up a story that falsely alleged the rebooted â€śAmerican Idolâ€ť was in â€śjeopardy of being canceledâ€ť because it maintained the show was an â€śembarrassing failureâ€ť for ABC. The often debunked tabloid sensationally reported the seriesâ€™ â€śratings arenâ€™t exactly what the network had hoped for.â€ť The gossip magazine also quoted a seemingly make-believe â€śsourceâ€ť as saying Perryâ€™s â€śflirty behavior with contestants is a turnoff and key element of the ratings decline.â€ť But as Gossip Cop previously reported, there were times when ABC won the primetime rating because of â€śAmerican Idol.â€ť
And then there was the absurd article about Perry being replaced on â€śAmerican Idolâ€ť by Swift. That tall tale came via the blog Naughty Gossip, which sometimes publishes such outlandish claims one wonders whether itâ€™s actually a satire site. Regardless, the repeatedly discredited outlet maintained it had a source who said ABC didnâ€™t feel Perry was worth her $25 million-a-season paycheck. The alleged insider assert that â€śrather than ask [Perry] to take a pay cut, it has been decided that she should be replacedâ€ť and the â€śone name that keeps coming up is her enemy Taylor Swift.â€ť
That story was such a lie that not only did Perryâ€™s rep tell Gossip Cop the blogâ€™s article was untrue and noted the network was â€śhappyâ€ť with the singer, but a spokesperson for â€śAmerican Idol,â€ť who rarely comments on-the-record, wanted us and our readers to know the Naughty Gossip story was â€ścompletely falseâ€ť and â€śabsolutely 100 percent fiction.â€ť Significantly, the reports about â€śAmerican Idolâ€ť being â€ścanceledâ€ť and Swift replacing Perry had two common elements: (1) they were entirely inaccurate and (2) they each were hinged on an unnamed and untraceable â€śsource.â€ť Conversely, Gossip Cop fact-checked the claims and debunked both articles with transparent sources who readily and publicly called out those outlets.
As widely reported, on Friday the â€śAmerican Idolâ€ť reboot was renewed by ABC, and it was also announced that judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, and Perry are all returning. Contrary to the aforementioned false claims, Variety specifically mentioned in its piece about the series being picked up that the main reason was the showâ€™s â€śstrong ratings,â€ť including last Sundayâ€™s program, which â€śsaw the highest levels of viewership since the season premiere.â€ť As Gossip Cop has stated before, time is never the friend of outlets that publish fake news with phony sources. And the proof this time is that the new â€śAmerican Idolâ€ť is coming back for a second season and Perry is not being replaced by Swift.
Weiss, Shari. “American Idol” Reboot NOT In “Jeopardy of Being Canceled,” Despite Claim. Gossip Cop, 29 Mar. 2018.
Malone, Michael. â€śPrimetime Ratings: ABC Wins With ‘Idol’.â€ť Broadcasting & Cable, 9 Apr. 2018.
Shuster, Andrew. Taylor Swift Replacing Katy Perry On “American Idol” Next Season? Gossip Cop, 13 Apr. 2018.
Spokesperson for Katy Perry, 13 Apr. 2018.
ABC spokesperson for ‘American Idol,’ 13 Apr. 2018.
Holloway, Daniel. â€ś’American Idol’ Renewed by ABC.â€ť Variety, 4 May 2018.