Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell exchange playful verbal jabs
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/14/2007
Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell seemed to be part of a comedy routine instead of a reality competition series during Tuesday night's live performance episode featuring American Idol's sixth-season finalists.
Prior to the performance of Melinda Doolittle, a 29-year-old from Brentwood, TN, Seacrest revealed that on the sixth season of Idol, fans can ask their favorite finalists questions via the show's website. The first question came from a Georgian who asked Doolittle what the hardest part of the competition is.
"I would have to say the high heels and these dresses," answered Doolittle, which drew a laugh from the studio audience. "I like my tennis shoes and my sweat pants."
As the laughter died down, Seacrest asked Cowell, "Simon, any advice on the high heels?" Never lost for words, Cowell answered, "You should know Ryan." Not missing a beat, Seacrest said, "Stay out of my closet." Cowell fired back, "Well, come out." On his toes, Seacrest's next response even drew laughter from Cowell.
"This is about the Top 12... not your wishes," said Seacrest to Cowell as Doolittle held her head in her hands.
Just in case any viewers thought Cowell and Seacrest were harboring any real ill-will towards each other, Seacrest made sure to clear the air.
"We're friends," he said before Doolittle was finally able to perform.
Hopefully Cowell and Seacrest find time in their busy schedules to audition for the upcoming season of NBC's Last Comic Standing.