In a recent interview with Out.com, former "American Idol" contestant Kimberly Locke made some comments about her alma mater, especially with regard to Ford and Coke videos she did as a contestant.
Now, in a statement to "Extra," Locke would like to clear the air: "Recently, in an interview that I did with Out.com that also appeared on PerezHilton.com, I was quoted as saying that Ford and Coke "whored us [the contestants] out." I would like to apologize for my poor choice of words in that interview. I, in no way, shape, form or fashion, had any ill intentions. I understand that Ford and Coke are huge sponsors of the show and that affords every finalist -- myself included -- many wonderful opportunities. I have nothing but positive memories of 'Idol.' It was a great moment in my life that has opened many doors for me, ones that I may have never been able to walk through without the show. The last thing I want is to offend the 'American Idol' family or brand."
"I was on "Idol' 7 years ago and I have not once said anything negative about the show. In my opinion, 'American Idol' was the opportunity of a lifetime for me, and the way I feel about that will never change. I enjoyed every minute of it, even when I was filming the Ford commercials. When asked the question, 'What were the things about the show I didn't like?' my choice of words was not appropriate. What I was simply saying is that of all the things we were asked to do on 'Idol,' I enjoyed the actual performing and the rehearsal process more. I have no reason to bad mouth 'American Idol,' Coke, Ford, or ATT (or any other sponsor of this show). I was having a fun press day to promote my new single 'Strobelight,' and I obviously got a little too comfortable with this interview. If I upset or offended anyone in the 'Idol' family, I am truly sorry."
Locke is preparing her upcoming reality show, "Making the Curve," and is working with Randy Jackson's new label, Dream Merchant 21.