Twins “uninvited” from American Idol 5 after their arrest

Twins Derrell and Terrell Brittenum have bonded out of jail after being charged with forgery, and they said they have, predictably enough, been kicked out of American Idol 5.

Their lawyer, Maurice Bennett, tells that they were scheduled to fly to LA Sunday, but that they were “uninvited” by Idol producers. FOX has still not announced that they’ve officially been dropped from the competition, perhaps because there are already-taped segments with the twins that the show will air.

They revealed this on Atlanta’s V-103 morning show Monday, where they appeared live in the studio. Frank Ski, one of the show’s hosts, said the brothers “were saying that in order to be a real ‘American Idol’ you have to go through trials and tribulations and you have to be someone who didn’t have it easy. In the hip-hop world, a bit of controversy doesn’t hurt.”

But their lawyer says “[i]t was a very amicable breakup. The guys understood why. It’s amazing how these things work.”

Out On Bail, ‘Idol’ Twins Say They’ve Been Dropped From Show []

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