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Troubled Twins Dropped from American Idol

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Memphis twins Terrell and Derrell Brittenum, who made their big TV debuts Jan. 17 when they auditioned before the cameras on American Idol – before reports surfaced that they were wanted on identity-theft charges – will not be returning to the FOX show, according to their lawyer.

“It was an amicable breakup,” attorney Maurice Bennett told an Atlanta radio station, the New York Post reports. “The guys understood why. It’s amazing how these things work.”

There has been no comment from FOX on any situation regarding the identical twins. The Post, however, credits the network with preventing the Brittenums’ scheduled Wednesday live appearance on MSNBC’s Scarborough Country.

The two 28-year-olds stand accused of using another man’s identity to buy a 2005 Dodge Magnum in June. But both brothers refused extradition to Georgia, which led to further arrest warrants.

Terrell had been in jail since Jan. 10 on an outstanding warrant for charges related to the illegal purchase of a car in Rockdale County, Ga., east of Atlanta, reported the Commercial Appeal newspaper.

Both twins have previous arrest records. Terrell previously was arrested for a traffic violation and a charge of disorderly conduct, for which he paid a $50 fine. Derrell Brittenum was arrested in 1998 on charges of theft over $500 and in 2000 for contempt of court and passing bad checks, court records show.

According to Bennett, the brothers were released on bond early Sunday morning and were set to travel to Los Angeles to continued their Idol idle, only to be “uninvited” from the program, the Post reports. Bennett reportedly added that “several” record labels have shown interest in signing the duo.