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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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91.

JoeP    

Simon is the only judge on the show worth listening to. If Ellen doesn't like it she can go lick a carpet, OH WAIT she already does!

1610 days ago
92.

karma    

Radar is tabloid trash too.

1610 days ago
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PolarBear    

Ellen is a lightweight, a goof, and certainly a mismatch for a music talent judging panel. I guess the producers of A.I. are more interested in selling crossover audiences, to try to keep A.I. on the air for another year, because otherwise it was clear the show was trending down in several key areas.

1610 days ago
94.

V    

Simon knows music and his criticisms although harsh is like music boot camp. You have to developed a tough skin to survive in that environment . No one is going to coddle you in the business or anywhere for that matter. The show has been on for so long now and everyone should know the drill. If you can't stand the heat, then you must get out of the kitchen.

1610 days ago
95.

Ziggy    

WoW slow news day?? Seriously don't think they have issues with eachother. They seem to be getting along just fine.

And as Paula is concerned. I love her, but am finding the show better this year without her. At least Ellen has more to say than "You look Pretty"

1610 days ago
96.

La Toya Jackson    

Back to ME!!! .. Me Me Me and who? .. ME!!! ..... I"m the greatest star, I am by far but no one knows it... ME!! ... Don't forget about me...

1610 days ago
97.

Dy    

Why is TMZ using a picture of Ellen that's like 10yrs old?

1610 days ago
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Joan    

If you can't take the heat get at out of the frakin kitchen; Simon is counting down the day to get the hell out of their. AI will be done next year.

1610 days ago
99.

iwanttoholdyourbigtits    

I dont care for Simon Cowardwell or Ellen Degenerate!!! They can both go f-@*k themselves!

1610 days ago
100.

Gary    

IT'S A SINGING COMPETITION, NOT A "DID I HURT YOUR FEELINGS?" HOUR. THANK GOD SIMON IS THERE TO KEEP IT REAL, AND FOR THAT HONESTY WE WILL FOLLOW HIM TO "X-FACTOR"

1610 days ago
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sharyl    

I could tell right away that Simon was pissed off at something. I figured it was Ellen since they moved her to the end of the table. She's doing an OK job, but seems out of place. Simon was being intentionally extra nasty just to make Ellen uncomfortable, which I thought was unfair to the contestants. He can be mean, but he way over did it last night. Finally towards the end of the show when Ryan took Simon's seat, the old Simon was back more relaxed. He obviously doesn't want to be there..

1610 days ago
102.

Graycee    

Ellen doesn't like it? THEN LEAVE! She doesn't belong on the show anyway. I was disgusted with Tuesday's show when she had to do a comedy bit about Simon wanting her...that's what I thought would happen and I will never watch the show again as long as she's on it. GO SIMON! PISS HER OFF AS MUCH AS YOU WANT FOR US FANS!!!

1610 days ago
103.

barb    

Ellen just feeds off the comments from the other judges. If she has to comment first, all she says is 'You look good', 'I like that song', or 'I hope you come back'. Idol should have replaced Paula with someone who had experience in the music industry.

1610 days ago
104.

Nestor    

This is just another PUBLICITY STUNT of the show. Come on guys, don't tell me you believe this crap!!!

1610 days ago
105.

kate    

Remember how Ellen use to fawn over Simon for being such an honest judge and how she treated Paula like she was an idiot for being kind as well as constructive? Karmas a b*tch, b*tch!

1610 days ago
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