Thats the candid critique from Lythgoe, who by now is very familiar with the love/hate relationship between Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell on Idol.
Still, Lythgoe says the unpredictable nature of their stubborn friendship is something hell never quite understand.
He explains, I think they fight out of pure boredom. They need something to do, so they start picking on each other. But its very strange. One day theyll be totally in love, kissing each other, and the next day Simon will turn his back on Paula and shell turn up her nose for no reason. They make me sick sometimes!
Lythgoe believes that after seven seasons of Idol, its only natural that Paula and Simon bicker, and its normal for them to drag Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest into the squabbles.
He says, Randy usually smoothes things over, but Paula gets mad at him for having no edge or opinion. And all of the judges ride Ryan because they think hes insincere. Theyre a dysfunctional family, but its the fun of the fare.
American Idol airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays on FOX.
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