Crystal Bowersox says she “never intended on quitting” in another obnoxious E! story

Crystal Bowersox has denied the report that she wanted to quit American Idol 9, and she did so in the very pages where Ryan Seacrest cast himself as a hero while tearing her down.

Although contestants usually don’t do interviews mid-season, Crystal was incredibly made available to E!’s Watch With Kristin column (remember when she was called Wanda and had some integrity?), the same venue that called Ryan Seacrest “Superman”, which is so fucking ridiculous that I still can’t believe it’s real.

This column, written by Megan Masters, is almost as obnoxious, saying that Crystal is “downplaying the whirlwind reports she was thisclose to quitting American Idol” and then conflating her emotional singing Tuesday to this non-scandal scandal: “So just to be clear, those tears last night had nothing to do with her wanting to leave Idol?”

I think Kristin and her minions need to start reading their own bullshit, since the original report said that Crystal was considering quitting two weeks ago.

Anyway, Crystal said, “I never intended on quitting. None of that [was true]. We had a conversation, but it definitely didn’t go down the way that it has been portrayed as. We had a simple, civil conversation. Ryan gave me great advice. And I highly respect him. I am not mad at Ryan Seacrest. He is a great man. We just bumped into each other and had a good talk.”

That doesn’t quite jibe with her Facebook post that said “We all have moments of doubt,” nor the second-hand report that she felt “betrayed.” More interesting is how Seacrest is still portrayed as the hero here: “He is a great man”? After trashing Crystal’s reputation? Crystal is a great woman for dealing with this so gracefully.

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