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Simon to Seacrest: "Come out!"

3/14/2007 1:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest got into a sparring match on "American Idol" last night -- skewering each other with sexuality innuendo on the live broadcast.

Moments before a performance by front-runner Melinda Doolittle in her four-inch heels, Seacrest asked Cowell if he had any advice for her wearing the high heels, to which Simon replied, "You should know, Ryan." Seacrest then set himself up big-time by saying, "Stay out of my closet," leading to the inevitable "Come out!" from Cowell! Ryan then countered with, "This is about the Top 12, not your wishes!"

This isn't the first time the two have, er, exchanged blows over sexuality. Last season, GLAAD reached out to the show to discuss their "concerns and the concerns of community members and allies."

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WTF    

I missed that part..that was funny

2594 days ago
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Marty Columbus OHIO    

I LOVE PARIS HILTON!

2594 days ago
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Only in    

Sasha,screw you and all your friends.

2594 days ago
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Marty Columbus OHIO    

PARIS HITON is the BEST SINGER in the WORLD!

DON"T HATE!

2594 days ago
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Dottie    

Ryan, come on out. I still think you're hot!!!
And apparently Simon thinks so too....

2594 days ago
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???    

who's the pitcher and who's the catcher?

2594 days ago
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PerezSux    

It's rather insulting to the gay community that Ryan stays so entrenched in the closet that they have to joke about it.

2594 days ago
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Shannon    

Uhh...that was before Melinda, not after!!

2594 days ago
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P    

This is the first time they have said something funny to each other. It was actuallky funny for a change.

2594 days ago
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ROBIN    

I love Simon Cowell!!!!!!

2594 days ago
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yaddayadda    

i think everyone is sick of seacrest's virulent faux-straightness and the cheesy attempts made to hide it through homophobia. my take on the exchange is that cowell is sick of it as well, especially since he's so often the target for ryan's self-hating gay-baiting. please! it's 2007, ryan, and no one will care.

2594 days ago
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Real Love    

These exchanges are always so uncomfortable to watch, not to mention extremely childish. Plus, it's super offensive... I don't think it's fair that they get away with being so anti-gay on the highest rated show on television.

So is Ryan Seacrest gay? I mean, I know he officially says he's not, but I always go back and forth on whether I think he is or not...

2594 days ago
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Sean Bresnahan    

Well said, "Roxanne".

2594 days ago
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Mad Balls    

Reminded me of " capping " with my chums in fifth grade . " Hey , Your Mom needs a trim around her beard " ....wait ...no MOM jokes please . Really not funny and it seemed rather childish . I think if they french kiss and make up it would do us all a world of good .

2594 days ago
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Richard Ott    

If Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol, I hope
William Hung makes a country album.
RICK.

2594 days ago
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