Ashley Kauffmann and her dad were on GMA this morning to recount how she was told by Idol staff last week that she was too fat to sit in the front row.
Interestingly, Hannah Solarzano, a girl who was part of Ashley’s group tells the AP that she didn’t hear any insults directed at her:
“Nobody started talking about the comment that was supposedly made to Ashley until she brought it up, ” Solarzano said. “I never heard those words except from her.”
While she couldn’t support her account, Solarzano said, it obviously stings to be labeled as overweight.
“You don’t call a girl ‘fat, ‘ ever. It’s code, ” Solarzano said. “I understand how upsetting that can be. But, c’mon, honey, it’s ‘American Idol.’ You’ve got to move on from there. Big deal.”
According to Idol, Ashley was seated only 3 rows behind her friends, in a section that is often on camera. The lack of eyewitnesses to her alleged mistreatment puts Ashley’s story in question.
Watch the news reports after the jump.
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Ashley Kauffman – Too Fat to Sit in the Front Row?
‘Idol’ denies claim of audience weight bias