- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 1, 2007

Ryan Seacrest says Simon Cowell is “arrogant” and “pompous.” Simon Cowell wished SARS on Ryan Seacrest and calls him a phony who panders to his audience. Welcome to the backbiting world of “American Idol” — and wouldn’t you just love to see these two take it outside with some brass knuckles and a can of Mace? The show must go on, though — just like it did for these uneasy collaborators.

Gilbert and Sullivan — In matters personal and political, the English opera composers William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan were as oil-and-water as they come. Worst of all, each thought himself superior to the other.

Roger Waters and David Gilmour — The former was a founding member of legendary British psychedelic rockers Pink Floyd, while the latter was a ringer replacement for the unstable Syd Barrett. From there, it was always a fractured alliance. When the group dissolved in the early ‘80s, Mr. Waters sued for rights to the Pink Floyd brand. He lost, and, with Mr. Gilmour in charge, the band made zillions on tour. Mr. Waters and Mr. Gilmour made a temporary peace at London’s installment of the worldwide Live 8 extravaganza in 2005. Talk of reunion quickly fizzled.

Vivian Vance and William Frawley — The bickering between “I Love Lucy’s” Fred and Ethel Mertz paled in comparison to the real-life animosity between the two veteran actors who played the couple during the long-running series, according to the 1999 book “Meet the Mertzes: An Unauthorized Biography of Vivian Vance and William Frawley” by Rob Edelman and Audrey Kupferberg. “She’s one of the finest gals to come out of Kansas, but I often wish she’d go back there,” Mr. Frawley reportedly said of Miss Vance. The feeling was mutual. While dining out, the actress, upon hearing of Mr. Frawley’s death, loudly proclaimed, “Champagne for everyone!”

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis — From the end of World War II until the mid-‘50s, they were the hottest comic duo in the country. By the end — as, by his own admission, Mr. Lewis’ ego grew outsized, and Mr. Martin smarted from critical dismissals of his contributions to the partnership — they couldn’t bear to speak to each other. While they never partnered professionally again, they did achieve a poignant personal reconciliation in the years before Mr. Martin’s death.

Barbara Walters and the cast of “The View” — For some time, Barbara Walters’ voiceover described “The View” as a show featuring “different women with different points of view — maybe a little too different.” Truer words were never spoken. Miss Walters, one of the project’s creators, must be ruing her Frankenstein-like creation ever since Star Jones’ venomous accusations that the host “didn’t have my back” when her contract was not renewed, and Rosie O’Donnell’s branding her a “liar” in the wake of the Donald Trump-Miss USA scandal.

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