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Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Reality Check: Is this Love?

It was a titillating Tuesday for Ryan Seacrest -- and he wasn't enjoying it. The "On Air" and "American Idol" host got an up-close and personal visit from "Americaís Top Model" judge super-model Janice Dickinson, and heís telling "Extra" that she went way too far.

After walking onto Seacrestís set, Dickinson sat on Seacrestís lap and said, "I feel something rising." She then put her face in his lap.

"When she went for the dive, I felt like Ďok this has crossed the line, she's going to have to forfeit her time on the show,í" Seacrest says.

Seacrest is sounding off to "Extra" about Dickinsonís crotchety behavior after her manager reportedly made remarks about Seacrest in the newspaper. "Iíve been called worse things than a wuss," says Seacrest of Dickinsonís comment.

Dickinson told "Extra" on Wednesday that she's offended that Seacrest made such a big deal out of it. "I donít know what the big deal was. It was just some innocent fun, heís such a baby."

But just the night before, on the "Idol" set, it was Seacrest who was stirring things up when he replayed the famous kissing clip between "AI" judges Simon and Paula, saying, "There is definitely some tension building between the two of them this season."

Simon and Paula have definitely been a lot friendlier this season, hugging, kissing and being downright cuddly. But "Extra" correspondent and Simonís girlfriend, Terry Seymour, says there's nothing to it: "They're like brother and sister, whenever he does it he looks at me in the audience."

The chemistry must be working, though, because 27 million viewers tuned into last night's country extravaganza, and Executive Producer Nigel Lithgow expects more tonight when season two "Idol" Kimberly Locke performs. "Sheís a huge talent," Lithgow said.

"It's like coming home again nervous and excited," Locke told us of her guest spot.

In the end, Seacrest says he just wants a good clean show, and as for Dickinson, Seacrest advises, "Good luck to whoever takes her."

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