Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell’s Tension on American Idol

By: Karin Goodhue
By: Karin Goodhue

What causes Ryan and Simon to “go at it” so often during the show? Are they “going at it” when the cameras are off?


I am personally an American Idol fan (which unfortunately appears on a station that’s not WITN). And I get frustrated when the fate of a contestant is put on hold due to the back and forth bickering between Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell. Their juvenile public display of hostility makes me wonder where the underlying cause of tension derives. It is no secret that there is “something” going on between the host and judge of American Idol. But what? What causes them to “go at it” so often during the show? And are they “going at it” when the cameras are off?
There are tons of rumors going around cyber-world and the entertainment industry regarding Ryan’s sexual orientation. He says he’s straight and likes to shop. I’ll assume he’s telling the truth, but I don’t know, and I personally don’t think anyone has the right to judge him. But obviously, a professional judge thinks he’s allowed to criticize and point fingers. Simon seems fascinated with Ryan as he is constantly drawing attention to him, and making homosexual innuendos. None of the other judges care or make crude remarks. The tension between the two is apparent. And it makes me wonder if that tension could be triggered by some sexual frustration.
I certainly am not making any assumptions about Ryan and Simon’s relationship. I just want to express my questions with the good public. There are some very ridiculous situations that I have pondered to be potential sources of the visible tension. None of these are the least bit accurate, but I know I’m not the first person to speculate these possibilities.
What if Ryan and Simon dislike each other because they are both successful alpha males?
What if Ryan is gay, and Simon despises Ryan because he’s homophobic?
What if Ryan has a crush on Simon? Or visa versa?
What if Simon is bisexual, which might also explain the tension with Paula?
Or… what if Simon has a secret relationship with Paula AND Ryan behind set, both scandals surfacing through bickering and smiles? After all, Ryan and Paula both told Simon in unison “Keep your hands to yourself.”
I don’t know what happens when the cameras are off. Only Ryan, Simon, and Paula know what goes on behind closed doors. All we can do is contemplate the cause for what we see.
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  • by l on May 7, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    I think simon and ryan have a crush. Ryan for sure is bissexual. And i agree with you, when you said simon seems fascinated with ryan. I think too the tension is by some sexual frustration. It´s my opinion :)
  • by IJ Location: NYC on Mar 31, 2010 at 06:58 PM
    I don't think Ryan is gay,but because of those rumors Simon is protecting his own image by keeping Ryan in line
  • by krys Location: earth on Jan 15, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    firsthand they didn't have any moments with each other in season 8 so this article is mistimed. yes in past seasons they've had riffs but it hasn't been shown in a while. secondly, like someone above said it's for ratings. yes, they sometimes go too far and it seems more real than for fun but it makes the show fun! imo and now that Si is out, is it worth watching? we'll see next year. IF it happens.
  • by Anonimouse Location: England on Sep 27, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    Simon definitely likes men. I know this from a very reliable source who works for the BBC.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2009 at 10:21 AM
    They're the ambiguously gay duo.
  • by Annette Location: Greenville on Mar 28, 2009 at 08:53 PM
    Who cares! It's just for ratings. I really dont know of anyone who even watches it anymore. I believe there are enough musicians/entertainers in this world spending money on worthless stuff. I dont see how they can get that much money but a nurse like myself or a doctor who saves peoples lives every single day only recieves the amount we do. This just does not make sense. (sorry about getting a little off the subject) But I'm sure that Ryan & Simon get millions for this show
  • by A Location: nc on Mar 24, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    who cares who's straight or bi or celibate , it's a great show ,it has both hysterical and solemn moments and we get to see the future celebs before they become celebs!!!
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Mar 20, 2009 at 06:04 AM
    Why worry. Change the channel. When the rating drop the network will take care of the problem.
  • by Dave on Mar 19, 2009 at 08:32 AM
    Come on people this show is scripted. It's nothing but a mere ratings ploy by FOX.
  • by Janey Location: Los Angeles, CA on Mar 14, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    Ryan and Simon have been on and off for 4 years. Simon is bisexual. While he flirts with Paula, they have never had sex.
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