Courtney Love was tricked by an imposter posing as an "American Idol" producer, it turns out.

"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."