simon-and-paula.jpgSimon Cowell is one of Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People, and in his interview for the TV special, he admits that he once considered hooking up with American Idol and X Factor co-star Paula Abdul!

The two been been working together for nine years, and Simon told Barbara he eventually decided against a workplace romance because he was afraid of the aftermath. "I mean, the truth was, on the first two seasons, we couldn't travel on the same plane together. We really disliked each other that much," he said, boldly proclaiming that they clashed due to "sexual tension on her part." Umm, what!?

Simon also suggests that it was Paula who wanted a relationship with him! "I considered it, but then I thought, 'I don't think the after would be as good as the before.' I'd let her stay for a few hours, but then it would have to be goodnight," he joked.

Wonder what Paula thinks about this!?