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Simon vs. Ellen - They Don't Idolize Each Other

2/25/2010 4:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres flat out don't get along, and the tension is building ... this according to multiple "American Idol" sources.



Our insiders say Simon and Ellen aren't even trying to hide it. Ellen can't stand what she believes is Simon's cruelty toward contestants. And, we're told, Simon actually enjoys pissing Ellen off with his blistering critiques.

People working on the show last night tell TMZ ... it was apparent on and off camera ... Simon's tolerance level for the contestants was at an all-time low, and he knew it was making Ellen uncomfortable but clearly didn't care. As one insider put it, "He was intentionally pushing her buttons."


It all started badly ... as Deadline Hollywood first reported .. when Simon showed up late for Ellen's first week of "A.I." taping and made her wait around. Producers separated the two -- who began the season sitting side-by-side -- but the tension has gotten worse.

But business is business. "A.I." is beating the Olympics, and ratings for Ellen's show skyrocketed last week. In Hollywood, contempt has its upside.

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nbb    

Cowell is an arrogant SOB. I eagerly await his departure.

1645 days ago
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katarina    

i dont believe a fecken word about tension between simon and ellen!

1645 days ago
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tard    

Simon really screwed this up. Cha-ching.More dollars. Cha-ching.

1645 days ago
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T    

I remember a few weeks ago Howard Stern was crying that he was not going to be the next judge on American Idol.

Ellen has worked out as a success so far and no doubt will continue. Stern would have been a disaster.

It is like Rush Limbaugh running for an elected office. He is adored by his group of fans, but the rest of mainstream American does not get it.

Kind of like your favorite strip club. You like it for what it is and what it gives you, you don't ever cross the line and bring it home. The same with Stern. Listen too him in the car on the radio, but no one wants to see him in primetime and or see him on AI. Samething with strippers. Leave them in the strip club, but don't bring them home.

Am I right? Of course I am right.....

1645 days ago
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AnotherVice    

Seriously, what does Ellen know about music, man. she's nice and funny and all, but this is these kids future. I'm not at all an Ellen hater, but I just don't think it's a good fit. And BTW, when Simon leaves, the show is done in the ratings... for sure. A lot of people watch just to see his reaction,...ask your Mom, she'll agree.

xo
AV

1645 days ago
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Darlene    

I dont even know why Ellen is there!! She isnt a pro on judging singing!! I always agree with Simon, he tells it like it is!!!

1645 days ago
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BETTYB    

Ellen doesn't work on AI. Clearly, Simon made the right choice by deciding to leave at the end of the season. It is actually hard to watch the show anymore. Ellen should just gracefully exit the show and they should use guest hosts or better yet, get Paula back for the rest of the season.

1645 days ago
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Rob    

I still can't figure out why she took this AI gig. She certainly doesn't need the money and the potential exposure it would give her is a huge risk in an area that she really has no credibility. She is much too nice to be there in my opinion. As for Simon? Well he's pretty stupid about a lot of things. He should do everything he can to make the move as positive for the show as possible. What does he stand to gain by intimidating Ellen? Confirm his arrogance and narcissism?

1645 days ago
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carol    

I watched the show last night and it was clear there is not a lot of love them between them. Maybe Simon could work on his presentation skills but he was "spot on" about everybody he judged. He will be missed and the contestants need to hear what he has to say. As much as I like Ellen, she is no Simon and seems even when she doesn't like someone for it not to come across that way and it doesn't help the contestants - Simon is a wonderful judge and he was perfect about everyone he judged yesterday.

1645 days ago
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I BE DARNELL    

IS THERE A CHANCE THAT WE ARE TALKIN....A MURDER /SUICIDE....PLOT/LINE DEVELOPING....BECAUSE, IT MIGHT BE JUST THE TICKET DONE LIVE>>>>>>>>

1645 days ago
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Artrina    

Ellen and NO music background greater than ANY of the people who comment here. Simon knows this and resents the fact that airhead ellen was brought in just to get 1 certain group of viewers. Time for HER to go!!!

1645 days ago
42.

criss    

this show is still on?

1645 days ago
43.

aileen    

Haha, stage managed nonsense. Do they think the public are stupid? Let's pretend to fight with each other and watch the rating shoot up - please?!!!!!!

1645 days ago
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Legally Bonde    

I can't wait for Howard Stern to be one of the judges on "American Idol".
I just love him because he is so "low down" and "NASTY"!!! Get down, get low, get nastyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, Howard! Love you Howard Stern. Go "NASTY" boy!

1645 days ago
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number4fan    

It's time to fire Ellen immediately. She adds NOTHING to the show except persistant babble and mumble jumble. Her stuttering is really annoying too. Go back and listen to all of her responses and you'll see what I'm talking about. Plus -- Simon, Kara and Randy have extensive experience in the MUSIC business and offer constructive criticism that will help the kids in the MUSIC business. Simon was the talent scout for the largest music company in the WORLD -- his decisions were who were made into stars and given contracts.

I would definitely say that HE has the experience to know who will make it, or not.

FIRE ELLEN, she SUCKS.

1645 days ago
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