Simon Unsympathetic Regarding Clay's Anxiety

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Leave it to Simon Cowell to mock a guy on anti-anxiety medication.

When commenting on Clay Aiken's admittance that he takes the anti-depressant Paxil to deal with the fame he won on American Idol, the surly one definitely didn't hold back in a recent interview.

"Oh give me a break. Let me have a choice, I'm going to work in a coal mine for 14 hours a day or I'm going to be a runner-up on American Idol. Give me a break, idiot."

While judge Paula Abdul and celebrity guest judge Olivia Newton-John both stuck up for the season two runner-up, Cowell kept the insults rolling.

"They're not working for a living, they're becoming famous... no one's put a gun to their head... Clay, whatever he may have said, would not swap what he's got now for what he had three years ago."

Way to be sympathetic. Simon's attitude clearly provides Idol with a certain spark, but it would be nice if he would show a little sensitivity off-screen. Clay will surely take the high road on this because that's the kind of person he is, but it's still sad he has to put up with it. He is going through enough right now, and has a great new CD out. People should focus on that and let him live his life.

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Simon never liked Clay anyway, so who cares about him. He just want to make comment to be on the tabloid. Simon doesn't need an anti-depressant because he never had an audience as huge number as Clay. Simon, you suck.


More free advertising for Simon...another 15 minutes of fame...what's missing? Oh, Simon's share of all the dollars Clay's earning; after all, Simon decided to sell out his financial interests in Clay early in the game and now Clay's worth millions. Simon's comments: value=0.
Paxil's value to those in need=priceless.
Clay's value=priceless.


Simon, should refrain from unnecessary comments about CLAY's taking anti-depressant because one day he may have one too.Besides he's one of those who made CLAY very uncomfortable with his brutal remarks esp. CLAY's personality.American IDOL is the best REALITY SHOW that taps the musical talents of the"YOUTH OF AMERICA" today.It will be sad if i'll hear SIMON with this inapropriate remark. For me,he's worst than what he just said to CLAY.


Clay has a college degree. He was never going to be working in a coal mine. That's an interesting comment from Simon. I don't know how to interpret it.