Comedian Jerry Lewis Bashes ‘American Idol’ & Other Reality Shows

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jul. 31, 2011

Comedian Jerry Lewis, 85, is no fan of American Idol nor reality television in general. During a Television Critics Association session on Friday, he bashed both the fans and contestants on the number one series on television, American Idol. “The kids they get on American Idol, they’re all McDonalds’ wipeouts… They all worked there and now they’re doing that,” he said. “We don’t have the soul in our industry that we had when I was working in it. The soul has been desperately deteriorating [in] it, only because you’ve got a guy running a network whose aunt died and left him some stock.”

Not only did Lewis bash FOX’s American Idol, but he took a shot at NBC’s inspirational reality series, The Biggest Loser. He said “who gives a s—?” regarding a woman on the series losing weight. “The [reality television] industry has destroyed itself,” he quipped.

Lewis still admits that he is a big fan of television, just not the reality portion of it. “I don’t allow people in my family to use the term ‘TV.’ It’s ‘television,’ it’s a miracle, and deserves respect.” Many critics of Lewis and defenders of American Idol state that Lewis perhaps said the controversial and unflattering remarks about the hit series and other reality shows because he is promoting his new documentary, The Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis, which will air on the Encore premium channel soon.