Crystal Bowersox almost quit but “Superman” Ryan Seacrest saved the day, weird report says

Crystal Bowersox almost quit American Idol two weeks ago, but decided to stay after Ryan Seacrest intervened, thus saving the show, though the story of this heroic act didn’t arrive until today, after Ryan Seacrest faced criticism for his weird behavior.

Crystal’s near-exit is according to an odd E! News report that follows up on an earlier TMZ story. E! says she “almost walked out on the competition a few weeks ago, saying it was just too much to handle,” but Seacrest “tracked down an emotionally drained and homesick Crystal in the parking lot after a show some two weeks ago and talked her down.” Seacrest himself is quoted, as he told Crystal, “The greatest thing I ever did was make enough money so I could buy my mom a house. You can buy your mom a house.”

The story is framed to make Seacrest seem like a hero, and the way he’s described nauseating: “Lucky for us, Idol’s very own Superman, aka our very own Ryan Seacrest, was on hand to save the day.” Excuse me while I wipe the puke off my shoes and mourn for journalism.

Crystal does offer some validity to the report, as her most recent post to the show’s official Facebook page says, “We all have moments of doubt. As much as I miss my kid, the big picture is this: im doing this for him and my fans. I’m having the time of my life.”

So perhaps there’s truth to the story, but the way this E! story–credited to one of Kristin Dos Santos’ minions–is framed makes it seem like a desperate . As The Daily Beast’s Kate Aurthur wrote on Twitter, the “story is suspicious, but most of all because it paints Seacrest as a hero–convenient after his recent weirdo act.”

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