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Seacrest in spat with Abdul?

By Wire services
Published April 26, 2006

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest says he and judge Paula Abdul aren't speaking to one another, but Abdul calls reports of a feud "ridiculous."

Seacrest told People magazine last week that his relationship with Abdul was "awkward."

"I don't know what the deal is. It's very awkward," he was quoted as saying.

The 31-year-old Seacrest, who openly spars with Idol judge Simon Cowell, told the magazine: "Simon and I go back and forth with each other, but it's in a different way."

Asked if he was speaking to Abdul, Seacrest answered, "No."

Seacrest also said he hadn't talked to Abdul about the apparent rift.

Abdul dismissed reports of off-camera animosity in a statement Tuesday.

Any tension might have come after their separate appearances on The Tonight Show.

In Seacrest's March 30 guest spot, Jay Leno joked about Abdul's "loopy" behavior in an Idol episode, to which Seacrest replied: "Well, have you listened to her album?"

During her April 10 appearance, Abdul shot down rumors that Seacrest was dating Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher. "He only kisses the mirror," Abdul said. "And honestly, do you think Teri Hatcher is that desperate of a housewife?"

BBC wants Web site to rock

The British Broadcasting Corp. said it will overhaul its Web site to include more user-generated content. It also aims to be the "premier destination" for unsigned music groups.

The BBC's strategy for the next six years follows the success of and other Web sites that build a community of users, including fledgling rock bands, that share common interests. The BBC aims to create a new "broadband-based teen brand" and a "single music strategy" across all its platforms, and to allow more personalization as users "create the equivalent of their own radio station."

Specter trial delayed

The much-delayed murder trial of music producer Phil Spector was postponed again Tuesday.

Spector's trial in the murder of actor Lana Clarkson had been set for September. But at a hastily called hearing, the judge told attorneys he had scheduled two trials for the same time and had decided to try the other case first, according to the district attorney's office. Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler set a new date of Jan. 16.

OLN rebrands itself as Versus

The Outdoor Life Network is changing its name to Versus. The new name will take effect in September, in time for the NHL season, OLN announced Monday. Before acquiring the rights to the cable broadcasts of NHL games, OLN was best known for covering Lance Armstrong and the Tour de France.

[Last modified April 26, 2006, 01:21:08]

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