The Assorted Feuds Of “American Idol” Judges

With Paula Abdul gone, we thought there would be peace and harmony on the “American Idol” judging panel. But alas, no. Basically, it seems like whoever occupies the fourth chair pisses someone off. On Tuesday night at the Los Angeles auditions, Kara DioGuardi and guest judge Katy Perry looked close to stabbing each other with pencils. When Kara began singing “I kissed a dolphin/ and I liked it,” Katy snapped back, “Please stop, or I will have to throw my Coke in your face.” Last night in Dallas, Neil Patrick Harris butted heads with Simon Cowell—the two disagreed about pretty much everyone. After Neil told a singer, “You have a wonderful voice, but I need to see you as flashy as you are in person,” Simon came back with, “You were my favorite audition of the day.”

Things aren’t any better with new perma-judge Ellen DeGeneres. She and Simon hit a sour note on the first day of filming. Ellen moved up the taping of her show so she could make it to “Idol” on time. But Simon Cowell was late for filming. Ellen was not impressed and allegedly called Fox’s programming chief to ask him to hurry up with replacing Simon, though that seems kind of out of character. Can’t we all just get along? [People, NY Daily News]