Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has hit out at fans of the show who have accused producers of rigging the show so their favourites win.
Lythgoe, who has fielded many a complaint from fans over the Idol years, calls those who question the legitimacy of the Idol process “morons”.
"Thanks for all the personal abuse from the usual morons out there in Twitterland," he tweeted. "I personally feel Haley is the most improved contestant."
Lythgoe stopped by the MTV studios and had a further dig at the haters.
"The ones that believe we manipulate everything, it drives me crazy sometimes," he said of the Twitter comments he receives. " 'How dare you let James go from "Idol"!' 'We know that you hate Haley!' This is just crazy. I always end up having to go, 'You morons out there ...' or something like that, and realize that I'm arguing with 7- or 8-year-olds from Wisconsin.
"It's annoying, because 'Idol' of all shows, really goes with what the public demands, whether we like it or not," he insisted. "And of course we didn't like to see Casey going. We didn't like to see Pia going. We didn't like to see James going. But someone has to go, by the very nature of it being a competition."