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Simon Cowell Leaving American Idol After 2010 Season to Launch X Factor in America 2010-01-11 12:40:48

Simon Cowell Confirms He's Leaving American Idol For X Factor

Just minutes ago at the Fox portion of the Winter TCA, Simon Cowell himself took the stage to confirm that the upcoming season of American Idol will be his last. As expected, Cowell's focus will be shifted to launching the American version of X Factor, which is slated to premiere on Fox in 2011. Cowell even signed his new contract on the stage for all of the press to see.

Though he considered hosting both shows, he said "the practicalities" are impossible. Cowell also said that judging Idol has been the best eight years of his life and that all Idol needs to succeed without him is to "find someone who knows what they're talking about." Cowell also added he would love to leave the show "bigger and better than it's been before."

Before Simon ducked out of the Q and A to get back to his duties on Idol, he answered one last question about Paula Abdul, saying, "I adore Paula, whatever happens I will be working with her in some capacity. I miss her."

Photo courtesy of Fox

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edaj78 edaj78 6 years
As Brit I feel so sorry for you guys being dumped with X Factor. I can only apologise. It really is an appalling show and you guys are going to have to suffer it too now.Plus Cheryl Cole is a complete moron who mimed her own single on the UK X Factor. Sorrrrrryyy from the UK!!!
edaj78 edaj78 6 years
As Brit I feel so sorry for you guys being dumped with X Factor. I can only apologise. It really is an appalling show and you guys are going to have to suffer it too now. Plus Cheryl Cole is a complete moron who mimed her own single on the UK X Factor. Sorrrrrryyy from the UK!!!
jhilly123 jhilly123 6 years
Wonder if Cheryl Cole is going to come over here and judge. I hear Simon's trying to get her to break the US market. If so, I'm all for it-she seems like a nice, good-looking down-to-earth girl lol. I like the UK version of X factor, but I've never watched an episode of American Idol, don't know why but hte US version has never appealed to me lol. I may check out the US X factor though. And despite Simon's money-making schemes, I think he's really hilarious and I really like him, esp. if you watch him on the Xtra factor.
jhilly123 jhilly123 6 years
Wonder if Cheryl Cole is going to come over here and judge. I hear Simon's trying to get her to break the US market. If so, I'm all for it-she seems like a nice, good-looking down-to-earth girl lol. I like the UK version of X factor, but I've never watched an episode of American Idol, don't know why but hte US version has never appealed to me lol. I may check out the US X factor though. And despite Simon's money-making schemes, I think he's really hilarious and I really like him, esp. if you watch him on the Xtra factor.
vlada vlada 6 years
Oh great! He's leaving the show for his rip off version so he can make more money. Him and these crappy shows need to get lost.
dancing-nancy dancing-nancy 6 years
good. maybe now that stupid show will finally go off the air. damn, only to be replaced by another stupid reality show. reality shows SUCK
santiephey santiephey 6 years
oh no....oh no no no.............................
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