Kisses and F-bombs hit "American Idol"

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Posted: May 04, 2011 9:55 AM

By Shirley Halperin

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)- Steven Tyler just couldn't help himself.

Following Casey Abrams' Wednesday night performance of Maroon 5's "Harder to Breathe," the "American Idol" judge commented that Abrams brings out jealousy and anger in others because, "You're so f****** great."

The audience, which included its share of tweens and kids, was aghast, but "Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe and Fox head of alternative programing Mike Darnell simply laughed it off. Executive producers Simon Fuller and Cecile Frot-Coutaz were also present for the live show as was Fox Broadcasting chairman Peter Rice.

Moments earlier, Casey planted a kiss on Jennifer Lopez's cheek, to which Tyler applauded him for achieving "what I've been trying to do for four months."

During the commercial break, a war-room-like huddle formed at the judges' table, with Lythgoe clutching his head as he jokingly dropped to his knees.

Said Abrams following the brouhaha: "I kissed Jennifer Lopez and made Steven Tyler swear-- Not a bad night."

(Editing by Jill Serjeant)