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'American Idol' won't be replacing Paula Abdul with Courtney Love

By Christopher Rocchio, 02/01/2007 

American Idol apparently has no love for Courtney Love.

After Us reported online on Tuesday that a source had told the magazine that Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe was considering having the singer and actress "replace Paula Abdul" as a judge on the Fox reality series, both Love's publicist and a representative for Lythgoe have denied the claim.

"I did not call Courtney Love and am afraid someone may have misrepresented me," Lythgoe said in a statement on Wednesday.  "Courtney Love is a very talented artist, but the judges for American Idol are Paula, Randy and Simon. We have no plans to add to or replace any of them."  Meanwhile, Love's own publicist also told Us there was "no truth to [the report] whatsoever."

On Tuesday, the former lead singer of Hole and wife of the late Kurt Cobain had told Us that she was contacted by Lythgoe and asked if she had any interest in "sitting in" as a judge on the Fox mega-hit. "[Lythgoe] called," Love told Us.  "He was wondering if I was interested.  I thought it was kind of weird but brilliant." 

So if the call didn't come from Lythgoe, who had contacted Love, a repeated substance abuser who has spent time in multiple rehabilitation programs and was released from a court-imposed six-month house arrest sentence less than a year ago?  A prankster apparently.

"It was probably a prank," a "source close to Love" told Us.

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