February 01, 2010 11:00 AM by Nancy Floyd
The new season of American Idol is barely underway and already reports are circulating of major tension on the set. This goes way beyond the friendly banter of host Ryan Seacrest and judge Simon Cowell. Sources are claiming that the two people at odds are new judge Ellen Degeneres and resident bad guy Simon Cowell. The cause of the tension? Keep reading to find out…
Comedienne Ellen Degeneres‘ first day on the set of her new job as American Idol judge should’ve been filled with excitement, anticipation, and laughter, but sources claim the day was marked by frustration and tension. Why? Because of Simon Cowell‘s diva behavior. Simon showed up an hour and a half late to the set on Ellen’s first day of filming and the comedienne was livid!
The organized Degeneres had rearranged her work schedule to film her talk show earlier in the day so it wouldn’t interfere with her new judging job on American Idol, but Cowell didn’t seem to care one bit. His tardiness left Degeneres feeling disrespected and angry. So much so that Degeneres referred to the Brit as a “prima donna” and called a Fox exec and ask that he “hurry up and pick” Cowell’s replacement.
Another source claims that Cowell was only 14 minutes late to the set, but that filming had already started without him. Regardless, the tension between the two seemed palpable and an insider reports that when the American Idol cameras stopped rolling, Degeneres and Cowell weren’t even on speaking terms! Will the two Idol judges be at odds all season or will they reconcile their differences? You’ll have to tune in to find out.
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