Jermaine Jones has been sent home from “American Idol” – here is how the show handled his removal.

Ryan Seacrest kicked off the night with a rather glib tease about the news, “This show has not been without its fair share of controversy. And tonight is no exception. With the cooperation of law enforcement, we discovered information that left us with no choice but to eliminate one of our finalists from the competition. When you’re doing a live show, anything can happen. This is ‘American Idol.'”

It’s not like Jermaine’s criminal activities came to light on the live show, right?

Anyway, later they show Jermaine sitting down with executive producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe.

“Jermaine, there’s a number of things going on this week … we’ve been given further information that I need to talk to you about,” says Nigel. “In March of last year, you were charged, criminally charged, giving a fake name to the police of Joel Jones. In November of last year, you were criminally charged and you gave them a fake name of Kareem Watkins. You didn’t disclose those charges to us.”

“There are four active warrants out for you, Jermaine, which surprised us,” says Warwick. “We’re not judgmental at all. Lots of kids come to us that have problems … if they come clean with us and come to us at the beginning, we can help them.”

Jermaine defends himself, saying, “I just was scared, nervous. I didn’t want to get judged, I didn’t want to get penalized for anything that happened in the past.”

And then Nigel drops the hammer – “We are not allowed to have anybody that has an outstanding warrant against them on the program and you’ve got four of them against you.”

“We have to let you go, I’m afraid. I’m sorry, it’s the end of the road,” says Warwick.

The show then airs the rehearsal footage of Jermaine singing “Somewhere Out There,” which is admittedly great. What a bummer. We wish this had gone another way. But honestly, in the day of 24-hour internet news and sites like TMZ – how did he think this wouldn’t come out? “Idol” probably would’ve worked with him if he’d been upfront about it.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."