The producers of “Idol” apologized Thursday on behalf of its judges, who apparently misinterpreted what a contestant in Louisville, Ky., said after a failed audition.But really, it seems fair to ask, why didn't he say something that theater people couldn't possibly take as a threat - like "Break a leg"?
On his way out, Mark Mudd said: “Take care and be careful.”
Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell took that as a threat.
Abdul scolded Mudd, telling him: “You don't say that to people, ‘Be careful.' That's just not a normal thing to say.”
It turns out “Be careful” is a regional parting expression.