Demi Lovato blindsided by 'X Factor' drinking joke: What was the show thinking?

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x-factor-season-4-simon-cowell-demi-lovato-replacement.jpgDuring Thursday night's (Dec. 19) big "X Factor" finale, the goofy packages production put together about the four judges got plenty of laughs. But the one targeting Demi Lovato was decidedly un-funny: The clip teased that Lovato, an outspoken recovering addict, had been drinking at the judges' table.

Yes, it was a made-up concoction called "Annoying Juice," but still -- it's an insensitive joke to make about someone who's struggled so publicly with addiction. Lovato thought so too, turning to her fellow judge Kelly Rowland at one point and clearly saying (though it wasn't audible) "that's so f****d up."

The curse was edited out for the show's West Coast broadcast (the feed of Lovato seemed to freeze right before she said something), but it lives on thanks to the Internet:



FOX did not have a comment on the subject, as the package was a production decision not a network one. Zap2it asked Simon Cowell's production company for comment but had received none at the time of this post.

Lovato hasn't publicly commented on the ill-advised video.
Photo/Video credit: FOX