American Idol has issued the following apology:
Clarification From Louisville Auditions
We apologize to any viewers who were offended by the misinterpretation of the contestant's comment to "be careful" upon completion of his audition in Louisville, KY. Our visits to audition cities are relatively brief and sometimes regional greetings and salutations are lost in translation. We had not heard that phrase from any other contestants during the day, so it took everyone by surprise. We now know better and look forward to visiting Louisville again someday.
Hmmm... We don't really want you here anymore, American Idol. You made us look bad and only took 9 people. How many good auditions weren't shown so you could show the ones that make us look bad?
And I think they need to make a personal apology to Mark Mudd. Can you imagine how stupid he felt when that aired, and all he was doing was being nice to them?