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EXCLUSIVE: Simon & Ellen Not Talking To Each Other

Jan. 28 2010, Published 1:12 p.m. ET

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While the singers have provided enough entertainment this season, the real show is behind the scenes where Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres are no longer speaking to each other, is reporting exclusively.

“Their relationship started poorly but now the situation has escalated,” a source familiar with the situation told

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Widespread reports said that Simon arrived an hour and a half later for Idol’s first taping with Ellen, which has not aired yet. Those same reports claimed that Ellen was greatly annoyed and things were off to a very bad start with Simon.

But a source who was at the taping says the reports of Simon’s late arrival are greatly exaggerated. “He showed up exactly 14 minutes late,” said one person who was there.

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The show started taping without Simon, a move that immediately polarized Ellen and Simon. “People were surprised the show started without Simon,” said one observer.

The tension between Simon and Ellen escalated instantly due to the situation and quickly it became apparent that when the cameras stopped recording they were not speaking to each other.

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“There’s two camps on the show this season,” said an Idol insider. “It’s a lot more tense than previous seasons. It seems as if Ellen has decided to try to take control since Simon is on his way out and that’s created problems.”

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