Mario denies some rumors, but otherwise sticks to the “personal” reasons line.

Mario denies some rumors, but otherwise sticks to the “personal” reasons line.
A whole 36 hours after Mario Vazquez quit American Idol 4, and the world still has no idea why he left. Theories range from the gay thing to contract problems to a FOX cover-up to an absurd Michael Jackson trial connection that the AP details.

No one really seems to be buying Mario’s relentless insistence that this is a “personal” decision. For example, TVgasm is reporting that “Mario was forced out. The ‘personal line’ was organized by FOX lawyers.” He told USA TODAY, however, that “American Idol has been nothing but wonderful to me. They felt disappointed I had to go, but they respected my choice.” On FOX 5 New York’s Good Day Live, Mario gave more of the “personal” crap, but did say his decision “had nothing to do with what they’re speculating on, say contracts and stuff like that, nothing at all.”

However, Mario’s appearance on Extra did nothing but confuse the issue even more, as he basically discussed having discussions with himself. “It was a very, very hard decision on my part. My intuition told me there were things I really needed to take care of, personal areas in my life, which meant I couldn’t continue on in the competition,” he said. And while Mario keeps on obfuscating, the world keeps on guessing.

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