An American Idol reject who “Kanye’d” Dane Cook during the American Idol finale has accused the stand-up comedian of calling him a “f*ggot” during a profane anti-gay outburst.
During his Idol performance last month, Cook was serenading judge Simon Cowell with an original satire song called “Simon Said,” when Ian Bernardo - a castoff from season seven’s early audition rounds – grabbed the microphone.
“Who cares? It’s all about Ian Benardo tonight!” the interrupting reject said on national television.
“I’m going to replace you, Simon Cowell! No one has a thing to say about you, just me…and I want to say I’m replacing you, Simon Cowell, because I’m more entertaining than you!”
What happened afterwards- as the show cut to a commercial break – was offensive, according to Benardo.
“Dane yelled at me ‘I can’t believe you let this f***ing f*ggot got on stage with me,” Benardo told RadarOnline.com.
“His representative followed me off stage and continued to berate me, yelling ‘You f***ed my client, you f***ing faggot, you will burn in hell.’”
Benardo said Cook followed him and continued to scream gay slurs at him as security escorted him from the building.
Barry Katz, a representative for Cook, has disputed Bernardo’s version of events.
Katz told RadarOnline.com that he was with Cook the entire time and the incident “never happened.”
However, Benardo said the slurs were made in front of openly gay judge Ellen DeGeneres.
“I want Ellen to apologize to me for not doing anything or saying anything to Dane while he was screaming at me,” Benardo told RadarOnline.com.
“I have always looked up to Ellen and I am offended that she sat by and did nothing.”