The six-foot-eight New Jersey native, dubbed the “Gentle Giant,” was shown learning about his fate during Wednesday night’s performance show. Producers decided to film themselves confronting Jones about his record, then ousting him permanently from season 11.
“I thought they were bringing it to my attention,” Jones told HLN’s Showbiz Tonight on Thursday, “letting me know that now they are aware of, you know, this, that and the third. I didn’t know what was going to happen.”
“Until they said it, I had no clue what was going to happen,” he added, saying: “I was shocked, but I can’t really express what my emotions were at that time.”
According to The Smoking Gun website, Jones had a history of arrests, including two last year for giving false names to police officers. The singer and voice coach, who hails from Pine Hill, N.J., was arrested in 2006 on narcotics charges, in 2008 for an open container violation and the following year for once again giving police the wrong name, the site said.
“I know that when I filled out my application, I circled ‘yes’ that I was previously arrested before,” Jones said on Showbiz Tonight. “And, you know, they did a background check on me and there were some information that I had to get a lawyer to take care of before I could even be on the show.”
Jones said he was arrested for “minor, small infractions” in his youth, admitting to using false monikers and dismissing “an allegation of a fight, which was not true.” He continued: “It was not actually a fight. And then one for driving suspended and things like that.”
Asked about those warrants, Jones said he had no knowledge about the situation, noting: “Everything that needs to be taken care of, as far as that’s concerned, my team is handling it very well.”
Jones said he was not concerned with speculation that producers had planned the show scandal in advance as a ratings ploy, and also clears up recent reports that he lied to producers about being estranged from father.