If you actually talk to Brian Dunkleman, you’ll be surprised he survived any Idol seasons at all.
4 Celebrities Who Got Blacklisted for Doing the Right Thing

#4. Brian Dunkleman Rejects American Idol, Gets Treated Like One Anyway
In the annals of pop culture history, Brian Dunkleman’s decision to quit American Idol is cited as a totally self-inflicted Pete Best situation. … Of course, there are two sides to every story, and the Dunkleman side of this one makes it clear that, no matter the financial ramifications, leaving was at the very least the right decision from a mental health standpoint. … [Ryan Seacrest’s] alleged failings as a co-worker and as a person in general, as told to me by Brian Dunkleman, are too numerous to comprehensively list here. My favorite horror story, though, involves Seacrest repeatedly and intentionally failing to read lines written for him on the teleprompter. Lines that were intended to set up the lines that Dunkleman would deliver next, thus giving the impression that Dunkleman was the one fucking up, and he did it solely for the “entertainment” value of it all. It happened four times in one episode alone, and apparently shenanigans like this were standard operating procedure for Seacrest.

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If you actually talk to Brian Dunkleman, you’ll be surprised he survived any Idol seasons at all.

4 Celebrities Who Got Blacklisted for Doing the Right Thing

#4. Brian Dunkleman Rejects American Idol, Gets Treated Like One Anyway

In the annals of pop culture history, Brian Dunkleman’s decision to quit American Idol is cited as a totally self-inflicted Pete Best situation. … Of course, there are two sides to every story, and the Dunkleman side of this one makes it clear that, no matter the financial ramifications, leaving was at the very least the right decision from a mental health standpoint. … [Ryan Seacrest’s] alleged failings as a co-worker and as a person in general, as told to me by Brian Dunkleman, are too numerous to comprehensively list here. My favorite horror story, though, involves Seacrest repeatedly and intentionally failing to read lines written for him on the teleprompter. Lines that were intended to set up the lines that Dunkleman would deliver next, thus giving the impression that Dunkleman was the one fucking up, and he did it solely for the “entertainment” value of it all. It happened four times in one episode alone, and apparently shenanigans like this were standard operating procedure for Seacrest.

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