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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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