'American Idol': Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell fight for reals?

ryan-seacrest-simon-cowell-fight-face-off-american-idol-320.jpgOn Tuesday (March 16) night's "American Idol" performance show, host Ryan Seacrest came off the stage and leaned over the judges table to go face-to-face with Simon Cowell. Seacrest thought Cowell was not giving contestant Michael Lynche "constructive criticism" for his performance of Michael Lynche's R&B take on the Rolling Stones' "Miss You."

When Seacrest couldn't get Cowell to say anything other than he thought Lynche was a bit "desperate," he decided to take it down to the floor just between the two of them (and a few million viewers), calmly inquiring, "I'm actually trying to help him out a little bit because I want him to stay in this competition. Are you all right with that?"

The tension between the two was revisited on Wednesday when Cowell kicked off the show by accusing Seacrest of being "aggressive" the night before. Fellow judge Randy Jackson agreed that it was "very hostile" while Cowell pressed, "Do you want my job? Because it felt like an audition."

Hmmm ... come to think of it, Ryan might make a great judge. Then maybe they could bring Brian Dunkleman back to host.

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