"I did not call Courtney Love and am afraid someone may have misrepresented me," Simon Lythgoe, one of the show's top execs, said in a statement.
Love triggered the uproar by telling Us magazine, in a story published online Tuesday, that Lythgoe called her and "was wondering if I was interested" in appearing as a judge on "Idol," TV's top-rated show.
"I thought it was kind of weird but brilliant," Love told the magazine.
But now she says it was all a misunderstanding.
"I said to a friend who obviously passed it on the wrong way that it was a weirdly brilliant prank call," she wrote on her online blog.
"If it was NOT a prank call I would never, ever do that," she wrote. "I've never watched ['Idol'] except once with my daughter I went to the final night.
"I couldn't even get ON that show . . . "
"Courtney Love is a very talented artist, but the judges for 'American Idol' are Paula, Randy and Simon," Lythgoe said.
"We have no plans to add to or replace any of them."