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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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Ellen is used to being the "Big Cheese" and on Idol, she certainly isn't. And.....she ought to get her &hit together and start REALLY critiquing the singers. Her constant fawning over each one is getting tiresome.

I miss Paula!!

1670 days ago


This show worked because of the chemistry among Simon, Paula, and Randy. Other than that, it's a pretty boring singing contest. What exactly does "Ellen" bring to the table? There is no purpose for her to be there at all.

1670 days ago


Ellen is known to be difficult. This story doesn't surprise me.

1670 days ago

dr cyclops    

The show sucks.I am a famous entertainer but I cant tell you who I am but even I think the show sucks..when simon and I was partying out in Haiti last year he confied in me that the show had run its course and he was dumping paula and needed a no talent lackey to make sure the show really sucked as it was going to be his last year..well thats what he got..go simon..I have high hopes for your new show with Paula..ooops did i say that?I feel sorry for randy but i am actually working on a big big project for him and the dog pound..arf arf arf

1670 days ago

moe l.    

Ellen is a big every sense of the word.

1670 days ago


Of course A.I is beating the Olympics in ratings in America only NOT Canada, what do you expect? c'mon really. Most Americans have no idea who got their Golds so far without googling it.

1670 days ago


ellen needs to dance her azz back over to that lame talk show. she doesn't know jacksh*t about music. her comments are absurd. patti labelle's comments were about ellen.

1670 days ago


I understand Ellen's point and all, but why the hell did she take the job? She knew exactly how Simon Cowell was before she hired on, did she think she could change him? Keep trying to change him and he'll dig in deeper. Ellen, you are helping make the contestants suffer. Now then, most likely...this is all a PR stunt because Ellen is worried about continuing her role after Simon leaves, have ratings not been doing well?

1670 days ago


i like simon. he knows music. he knows what sells in music. if you don't want to hear his opinion then wait until he leaves. of course, when he leaves there won't be an idol.

1670 days ago

buh-bye weiner party!    

Ellen ruins AI. Her schtick has worn thin and is incredibly tiresome. It's uncomfortable to watch. The more of her I see, the more apparent it is that she has a very nasty and bitchy undertone to her personality. Angry, arrogant, depressive and controlling. Kind of like Rosie O'Donnell actually.

1670 days ago


They are trying to get press for the show.
Someone like me who followed it since the beginning won't watch it anymore.
Can't stand Kara and choice of Ellen for Paula is insulting.

1670 days ago


What did Ellen expect? Simon has always been cruel to the contestants. Didn't she ever watch the show, or did Ellen think she was going to reform Simon? GMAB

1670 days ago


I think it would be good too if Howard Stern did take Simon's place when he leaves, now that will get Ellen's panties in a wad.

1670 days ago


I bet Simon is even more rude and cruel than the producers of the show let us see, they just edit out the stuff they don't want to show. He really does look totally bored and that he'd rather be almost anywhere than judging on AI. Thank god Randy is still there but I am sorry someone managed to get him to stop saying "dawg", hey dawg, daaawwwwggggg. I miss the ding dang dawg!

1670 days ago


Maybe Stern can screw up this show like he contributed to screwing up satellite radio.

1670 days ago
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