Clay Aiken: Criticism of Adam Lambert Taken The Wrong Way, Never Actually Said American Idol Runnerup Was "Too Gay"

06/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Steve Young Talk show host, author, oped-columnist, television writer, and filmmaker

2009-05-23-aikenlambert.jpg (SYOP News 5/23/09) Clay Aiken may wish he never opened his mouth or his blog. Aiken, who finished second to Ruben Studdard in 2003, blasted this season's runner-up on his blog deriding Lambert's version of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" as "contrived," "awful," "slightly frightening," and added "Omigod, who dressed that boy?"

Aiken now writes that his comments were just meant to be colorful.

"Yes, I wrote that I thought my ears would bleed when I heard it," admitted Aiken. "But I never meant that they actually bled because Adam's atrocious performance. I just happen to be shaving when I heard him and cut my ear. The bleeding was just as much my fault as Adam's."

"As far as allowing himself to be photographed kissing boys, that's a different read the READ THE REST OF THE STARTLING CAT FIGHT HERE.

Award-winning TV writer, Steve Young, is author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful" and blogs at the appropriately-named