Kara DioGuardi won’t talk about American Idol but is writing a book about it

Kara DioGuardi is writing a book about being fired from–or quittingAmerican Idol, which explains her disingenuous refusal to answer questions about the Fox show while at a press conference in front of TV critics, where she is promoting the new Bravo competition Platinum Hit, which she judges. The book will be out in late April, right in time for the finale of you-know-what, and is called A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol.

The entire panel was very sensitive about Idol questions; right as the Q&A began, host Jewel barked at a questioner, “Are you asking about American Idol or our show?” Later, when asked to address her exit, Kara DioGuardi said, “I am happy to address that with you privately. But today, I’m really here for Platinum Hit and to celebrate that.”

Kara was booed, and the questioner told her, “You’re here because of that show.” That’s exactly right: Bravo most likely would not have cast her for this show had it not been for her fame that came from her two seasons on Idol; it’s not as if The One turned her into a TV star.

Forced into answering, basically, Kara said, “I have to answer that. It was an incredible experience. It really was. But I’m here as a hit songwriter, and I’ve sold over 150 million albums. And that’s what I love this show, because it enables me to help young songwriters — that is my passion in life — be able to reach the market and have success.”

After the session, she pointed out that her memoir, out April 26, will tell her side of the story.

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