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'American Idol' producer to upset "apology" viewers: "Go **** a duck"

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/03/2011 

American Idol viewers who are upset that the show's Wednesday night "apology" for Steven Tyler's "outrageous behavior" was a joke and not genuine aren't finding a sympathetic ear in executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.

"Wow, there is a huge lack of humor out there!! Hey you guys, don't take things too seriously, especially my shows. Smile or "Go **** a duck..." Lythgoe wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday night.

"Irony and sarcasm [are] dead," he added in a subsequent tweet.

The controversy began when American Idol Ryan Seacrest teased that Wednesday night's broadcast would feature an apology for Tyler's prior behavior but failed to clarify whether it was meant to be taken seriously or as part of a joke.

American Idol's then began Wednesday's broadcast with a pair of on-screen title cards that apologized for Tyler's prior behavior.

"American Idol would like to apologize for last week's outrageous behavior by Steven Tyler. Mr. Tyler has been warned and assures us it will not happen again," the text stated.

However immediately afterwards, the show aired a brief audition clip that was cut off just before Tyler appeared to be set to jokingly utter a profanity that rhymed with "muck" and "duck".

(Photo credit Fox)

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