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

2/25/2010 8:00 AM 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 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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61.

DONTDRINK/DRIVE    

AI - As once said - American Idiots ...That show sucks big time!
Ellen is a disgusting, ugly person to look at. Her big eyes scare the hell out of you. Her manly, maly haircut and manly clothes. What a mess. Simon - He sucks also. His boy toy "Ryan" is another closet case. Simon trying to look sexy with his open shirt. he is an old, worn out has been. We would pick him over Ellen, as much as we can't stand him. Kara has NO talent and don't get us started on that ear ring Randy. He is the "dog"....ugly, fat and not worth watching. The show sucks ..do you hear us ...sucks ...

1701 days ago
62.

biddie    

the talent pool left a lot to be desired if this lot of 24 was the BEST they could drum up.....and last night, GOODNESS... Ellen's comments were a re-hash of everything she said to the women "I like you...blah, blah, blah" What I'm really, really wondering is who exactly keeps cuing Ryan Seacrest to ask Ellen for her comments AFTER the 4 judges have spoken about each contestant? Since when is Ellen's SO DANGED IMPORTANT?????? Which producer's palm is being greased backstage by Ellen's promo group?! It's so obvious........

1701 days ago
63.

DONTDRINK/DRIVE    

godblshu - Your one sick person. Where is your god when people become ill? Where is your god when planes crash and kill people? Where is your God when 911 happen. They (you) say God is everywhere. Well guess he does not help people. Where is your god when children die? Get a life and just your email name shows you are one NUT ...People are born GAY.
I suppose if you had a gay child you would drown them! Your a biggot jack azz.

1701 days ago
64.

Jody    

Ok Godblshu I am against gays but it clearly states in the bible hate the sin not the sinner. I LOVE ELLEN she is a great person who does so much for charity. She is always giving of herself for others. I am a church goer and I have gay friends and family and it is not our place to judge that is Gods job not urs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1701 days ago
65.

Rhonda    

Ellen is the funniest person I have ever watched on television. She is great! And remember she is so great, do don't hate!

1701 days ago
66.

DONTDRINK/DRIVE    

AI is not worth watching. They shall say or do anything for publicity.
How can anyone even turn that show on? Ellen ..she is one ugly MAN.
We will never watch anything she is on. Can't stand looking at that loud mouth BUTCH. Nothing wrong with being gay, but she is too ugly for any man to want her. Guess Ellen is more of a MAN than Simon.

1701 days ago
67.

jon    

simon needs to pay attention hes always looking over to his left...
show a little respect

1701 days ago
68.

brittanyd    

CORRECTION TO THE PERSON WHO QROTE ABOUT THE ELLEN VS SIMON STORY, THEY SAID "Insider says that Ellen & Simon aren't even trying to hiding their bad feelings toward each other anymore." trying to hiding their bad feelings? that makes no sense. wow LOSER

1701 days ago
69.

Jeff    

AI needs to go away quietly. It's simply become just another soap opera, with some wannabe stars desperately scrambling for a few minutes of fame. Randy Jackson might be a record producer, as might be Simon Cowell. But, what experience in music do Kara DioGuardi and Ellen Degeneres have? After all, if you are judging a " talent " show, you should have some experience in that aspect.

1701 days ago
70.

Blondie    

Dear Mayrillyn,

I hear ya! You took the words right out of my mouth

1701 days ago
71.

Moochoo    

umm..saying that Simon is trying to piss Ellen off on person is not a fact, just a news reporter trying to throw a little fuel into the fire. If Simon says he did it on purpose then it would mean something, so it seems the media is just stiring the pot. I think he is just tired of Idol, misses his buddy Paula, wants to move on to his next project, and he seems very disappointed in the quality of contestants this year, some of them did not feel comfortable on stage which is really bad if you want to make it as a recording artist, not that they can't sing because they have great voices, just they have to be comfortable with themselves and the audience on stage, it's a part of the package. They really need to have a one on one talk and air it out so this does not interfere with the show and the contestants. Simon's comments are a bit cruel and hateful, he needs to choose more tactful ways of expressing himself, maybe he's just saying what he is thinking but doesn't make it right to say it so harshly, or at least say some positive things also about the contestant he does like and suggest improvements to smooth off the rough remarks somehow. Just my thoughts, I dunno.

1701 days ago
72.

me    

Since gods are a creation of frightened people, they are used to justify hatred and intolerance. For those of you who think it's okay to spew your fear-based hatred, I have news for you . It tells us nothing about your target and everything about your small superstitious, ungenerous heart.

1701 days ago
73.

DONTDRINK/DRIVE    

They should change the name of the show from AI to MEN IN DRAG.
Simon thinks he is sexy with his tight tee shirts and open button ones.
Ellen need a make over, from head to toe. Her man hair is so funny, her man clothes, and more of a man than Randy, Simon & little Ryan put together. First we had Simon, the QUEEN OF ENGLAND, Ryan, his BOY TOY and now the MAN, Ellen. Randy is nothing to look at either. he should gives his cheap azz jewelry to Ellen. lol Kara ..no Paula for sure.

1701 days ago
74.

PAMELA    

WELL IF HE IS NOT GOING TO B THERE NEXT YEAR HE IS GOING TO B A AZZ TO EVERYONE. BUT ELLEN MAKES THAT SHOW NOW B/C I QUIT WATCHING IT YRS AGO. AFTER CARRIE UNDERWOOD WAS ON IT.C SOME OF THE 1 LAST YEAR I THNK THAT DAVID ARCHALETA & DAVID COOK WAS ON..ARCHIE KICKED HIS AZZ.THE ONLY REASON COOK WON WAS B/C EVERYONE FELT SORRY FOR HIM B/C ARCHIE WAS KICKING HIS AZZ & EVERYONE IN THE WORLD OR MOST OF IT FELT SORRY FOR HIM B/C THE WAY SIMON TALK TO HIM THE NIGHT BEFORE.THATS THE WHY HE DID.WON 1. COOK AS U CAN C HE IS NOTHING & GOING DOWN HILL BUT ARCHIE IS 100% BETTER & DOING ALOT MORE & STILL GOING UP & UP. DOING ALL GAMES HE SINGS AT & MORE CONCERTS & BIGGER ONES.BUT THE ONLY WAY I WATCH THIS YEARS IS ELLEN. SHE NOT THERE NEXT YEAR NOT GOING TO WACH. STILL LIKE TO C SIMON & REALLY LIKE TO C THEM BOTH..BUT HEY SIMON MAYBE THE QUEEN DON'T MAKE U SIR SIMON IS B/C YOUR A AZZ HOLE & TREAT PEOPLE LIKE SH-T THEN U WILL SEE WHY B/C U WILL C YOU R BUT HAY I LOVE U.SO GO ELLEN U ROCK. & HOPE SIMON U TO B/C IT WILL B GREAT FOR TV B/C IDOL WANT LAST WITH OUT YOU 2..GOOD LUCK

1701 days ago
75.

Alice    

bible? keep your outmoded religious crap to yourself..........

1701 days ago
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