Responding to the outcry from DVR users who got cheated out of seeing upon playback the actual end-of-show reveal on American Idol's Wednesday's finale, Fox has issued this mea culpa:

"We're sorry that DVR users may have missed the conclusion of the American Idol broadcast. It was always our intention to bring the show in on time, but just as with any live sports, variety, awards or entertainment event, there is no way to absolutely guarantee that the show will end exactly on the hour. Fox and the producers apologize to those viewers who were inconvenienced."

As detailed in the TV Guide News Report, the nine minutes that aired after 10:00 came and went are now streaming at AmericanIdol.com. SPOILER ALERT: Brandon Rogers won.