Ryan Seacrest Admits He's 'Sweet' on Simon Cowell

Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell may talk a good game and appear to butt heads weekly on American Idol, but the truth is: it's nothing but love for these two.

"I will regret this existing in the universe," Seacrest said of Cowell, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Friday, "but he's a terrific individual who's one of the sweetest guys that you're ever going to meet in the business."

"Even though he's tough on the show, he's got a really big heart, he's very generous and he's been a good friend of mine," Seacrest continued. "That being said, we love to compete and we love being competitive."

The Idol host admits that his good pal will leave a void at the show's judges' table, when Cowell moves on to other projects at the end of this season.

"When his acerbic personality was first exposed to America, it was shocking. But then you realize that he does have that inner voice that we all have," Seacrest said. "Like what we hear in our head is what he says out loud. He says it out loud and not me."

As for his own success, Seacrest juggles his Idol duties with being a KIIS-FM radio host, an E! News co-anchor, and a producer (last week, he visited Larry King Live to endorse his groundbreaking new ABC reality series, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution), and says he is nothing but grateful.

"I actually thrive" on the insanity, he said. "At first it was a challenge to figure out how to do it all and exist as a human being, but now we've locked into a pretty comfortable zen with that pace. There's a rhythm to it."

"I literally get up and get to do the one thing I dreamed about doing every day," Seacrest said. "And that is being a part of a television show and a radio show that is based in Hollywood."

The lovable Jack-of-All-Trades says one of his own idols, Merv Griffin, taught him a very important lesson.

"He taught me how to take the success of being a personality and the access you have and build something to have forever, to build an asset, because you never know how long this is going to last."

PLUS: Could Seacrest replace Cowell as Idol judge?

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