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Ryan Seacrest says that outside of the show, Simon can be a lot of fun. "He bought a convertible—and for an ego boost, he'll drive around southern California and tallies how many people recognize him. Simon, let's be honest. It's Oprah. You're jealous of the fact that I am 25 years younger than you."

"You know," Simon responds, "We're actually very lucky, even though we make fun of each other. This show has become for us like the cast of Friends, and we actually are genuinely friends. I was with Ryan and some friends in Mexico. Even Paula's allowed to come out for dinner with us now."
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FROM: The Next Big Thing with American Idol's Simon Cowell
Published on April 04, 2005

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