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Adam Lambert: Clay Aiken Can “Ride My Coattails!”

Adam Lambert isn't too hurt that he was slammed by American Idol's Season 2 finalist, Clay Aiken — who slammed the latest runner-up as "frightening" and apologized one day later.

"I don't know Clay," Lambert told Access Hollywood Thursday. "I'm glad he's getting headlines now though, because he wasn't before." Last week, Aiken took to his official fan site to post that Lambert's rendition of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" — in the only episode of the Fox series he watched all season — made his ears bleed.

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"Contrived, awful, and slightly frightening," Aiken wrote. "Just not my cup of tea at all." A day later, he apologized for his comments: "I do apologize to Adam for my colorful (and negative) choice of words. I hope he can forgive me." Lucky for Aiken, Lambert doesn't seem to mind. "If he wants to ride my coattails about it, good for him," Lambert said before giving Aiken a thumbs-up sign.

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The singer also wasn't too concerned about the reports that AT&T might have swayed the outcome to favor Idol winner Kris Allen. "There are plenty of standards and practices set up where they make sure that there's no, foul play," he said. "And I don't think it's a conspiracy. I think people are making a big deal out of nothing. A couple of employees handed out a couple of phones and showed people how to use them. I don't think that’s a conspiracy of any kind."

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