Los Angeles Teen Is Too “Big” For American Idol’s Front Row

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Riverside teen was told she was too big to sit in the front row during a taping of American Idol.

Ashley Kauffman was given free tickets to attend the filming of American Idol and was understandably excited, until she was told she was “too big” to sit in the front row.  The 19-year-old stands 5 feet, 2 inches tall and is approximately 150 pounds.

“There were two ladies and one said, `Oh, I don’t want shorts in front’, about my friend,” said Kauffman.  “Then she looked at me and said, `Oh no, you’re too big, too heavy to be in front!'”.

According to news reports, Kauffman also said that staff seated two girls who were “super skinny and wearing little dresses” in the front row where her and her friend would have been sitting.

Miss Kauffman did receive an apology however – but only from an usher.  Now, the college student wants an apology from Idol big wigs and is speaking out to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

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