When Ashley Kauffman scored free tickets to American Idol, she was beyond excited. Not only that, the tickets landed her in the front row. She got to the theater with friends and took her seat.
Not for long. And the reason for her removal, if true, is rather disturbing.
The 19-year-old girl from Riverside, Calif., who describes herself as a big fan of the reality TV show, was soon told she was "too big" to remain in the front row and in view of the camera.
'There were two ladies and one said: "Oh, I don't want shorts in front," about my friend,' Kauffman told MailOnline. 'Then she looked at me and said: "Oh no, you're too big, too heavy to be in front!" 'I was taken aback by it. I was hurt. My friends were completely taken back. 'I'm the heavier one in our group but I'm not even that heavy,' she said.
Kauffman, who is 5-foot-2 and 150 pounds, says that she had gone shopping for a new outfit before the show -- but ended up wearing black pants and a shirt she already owned.
'I didn't think I looked too bad.'
According to the story in the Daily Mail, Kauffman and a friend were given different seats at the back of the theater. From there, the nightmare continued: "They had made their way to the second row but had been stopped by another member of Idol staff, this time male. Kauffman said he grabbed her ticket and said: 'This makes sense why you're not with the skinny girls. You're in the last row.'
'It hurt to hear that from the first girl but it hurt even more coming from a guy,' Kauffman said.
Kauffman wants an apology from American Idol and is "speaking up to make sure nobody else has to feel the way she did."
American Idol spokespeople did not return the Daily Mail's calls.