Kara DioGuardi Mum On Idol Exit (Until Her Memoir Hits Bookstores, That Is)

Kara DioGuardi has pretty much nothing to say about her time on American Idol — abrupt departure included — because she’s saving all the good stuff for an upcoming memoir.

Appearing at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Thursday to talk up her and Jewel’s summertime Bravo series, Platinum Hit, Kara was almost immediately presented with a question relating to her Idol experience. But rather brusquely, she deflected the inquiry.

“I’m happy to address that with you privately,” she told the inquiring reporter, “but today I’m really here for Platinum Hit.”

Yet when DioGuardi was approached (semi-)privately after the Bravo panel, she still skirted all Idol talk, eventually saying, “You know what? There’s going to be a time when you’ll know all about that,” the Toronto Sun reports. Her publicist then advised the reporters on hand of the upcoming memoir.

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The one soundbite DioGuardi did offer about Idol — perhaps sensing that reporters’ feathers had grown as ruffled as hers — was: “It was an incredible experience, it really was. But I’m here as a hit songwriter. I’ve sold over 150 million albums.”

Platinum Hit exec producer Evan Bogart backed up Kara, saying that he has written songs with her before and as such can vouch that she is first and foremost a songwriter. Her two-season Idol run is almost inconsequential, he intimated.

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DioGuardi’s memoir, A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love and American Idol, is due out April 26.

Get excited, dawgs! Michael Slezak joins TVLine next week, just in time for Idol Season 10!