Tony Bennett Takes on Simon

Maybe Tony Bennett's flu wasn't the reason he bowed out of performing on American Idol last month. Tony tells the U.K.'s Time Out that he and Simon had words about the treatment of the young contestants. "I had it out with Simon (Cowell) when I met him and suggested that he should open up tiny clubs across the countries so the kids could break in and learn properly," the legend told the mag. "He said, 'Oh I haven't got time for that, I'm too busy making money!'" Simon never claimed to want to school children on how to break into the business -- he's looking for America's next big star, plain and simple. And those kids have the life. I have go with Team Simon on this one. And that's not just because I'm a little bit in love with him. I swear. For last night's results and more Idol blabber, check out my buds at TV Cocktail.

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