Courtney punk'd by Idol prankster

Yesterday's reports that Courtney Love was contacted as a possible replacement for Paula Abdul on American Idol have been debunked. Love claimed she had been contacted by Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe about the gig last week. "He called," Love said. "He was wondering if I was interested. I thought it was kind of weird but brilliant." Today Lythgoe offered a statement to Us mag denying the call. "I did not call Courtney Love and am afraid someone may have misrepresented me," the Idol producer said. "Courtney Love is a very talented artist, but the judges for American Idol are Paula, Randy and Simon. We have no plans to add to or replace any of them." When contacted for comment, Love admitted, "It was probably a prank."

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