We really disliked each other that much," he said, blaming her "sexual tension" for the animosity between the two.Cowell and Abdul have poked fun at the rumors they were dating in the past, including in an Idol skit where the two were seen on a date and later sharing a kiss.

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Simon later likened her grateful attitude to that of an "old dog." Nice, huh?

But now it seems the "Saula" era is over--at least for now.

But when she did show up, she sure seemed thrilled to be there, wrapping her arms (and legs!

) around her old co-star and smooching him for all the paparazzi to see.

According to an interview Simon did with Barbara Walters on her "Most Fascinating People" special last year, "The truth was, on the first two seasons, we couldn't travel on the same plane together.

We really disliked each other that much." (My guess is Simon and Paula won't be sitting in First Class together any time soon, and not just because Paula's layoff means she'll probably have to fly coach for a while.) Simon, egomaniac that he is, of course claimed he and Paula's friction was a sexual one, because Paula supposedly fancied him and he'd rebuffed her. They kind of seemed made for each other.awkward Later, after Paula left "Idol" (announcing her bombshell resignation on Twitter) when negotiations with Fox for a larger (read: Simon-level) salary backfired, she returned to salute/roast her old crony on the "Idol" Season 9 finale (Simon's last night on the show), joking: "There's a baby backstage with Simon's haircut, and sweetheart, it's your time to feed him." It was...

Paula Abdul had been fired from "The X Factor" by her old "friend" Simon Cowell--according to TMZ, via a lawyer's letter, with no personal communication from Simon himself (sort of the reality TV equivalent of a being broken up with by a bad boyfriend via Post-It). Refusing to bad-mouth her former boss, Paula tweeted a characteristically sweet statement Tuesday, saying: "Simon is, and will remain a dear friend of mine and I've treasured my experience working this past season with my extended family at Fox and Fremantle.

I want nothing more than for ' The X Factor' to exceed ALL of their wildest dreams.

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