Simon Cowell Confirms That He’s Leaving American Idol

As I mentioned last month, Simon Cowell’s brother revealed that the smarmiest judge on America Idol will be leaving the show after this season. That news has be confirmed by Simon himself. People has reported:

At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif., American Idol judge Simon Cowell announced that he is leaving the show to focus on a new talent search, The X Factor.

The X Factor will launch in 2011,” Cowell told reporters Monday. “Because of that, this will be my last season on American Idol.”

The shows won’t be in direct competition, as American Idol is slated to run in the first half of the year and The X Factor in the second. Cowell also revealed that he’s anxious to work with Paul Abdul, who was recently replaced on AI, once again:

“I adore Paula. Whatever happens, I will be working with her in some capacity. Because I miss her.”

Even though the shows will not be on at the same time, I’m pretty sure I’m dropping Idol for X Factor.


Author: RPadTV

10 thoughts on “Simon Cowell Confirms That He’s Leaving American Idol”

  1. @redd75 It'll start declining this season. A lot of people tuned in to see Simon and Paula. They worked well together and contrasted nicely. People will tune in this season to see how Ellen does and watch Simon's last run. One reason The X Factor will probably do better than Idol in 2011 is that Simon/Paula is a more entertaining combo than Randy/Kara.

  2. @ R Pad

    I agree. Unless they replace them with like Lil' Wayne and Sarah Palin (who now works for Fox News… go effin' figure. I don't know about you guys, but I wouldn't work for anyone who claimed I didn't know Africa is a continent, nor would I hire someone if I thought they didn't know Africa is a continent)… I think the ratings will go the way of the dodo.

    Other contenders:

    Axl Rose and Joan Rivers

    Larry the Cable Guy and Rosie Perez

    Puffy and New York

    Flavor Flav and Mike Tyson

    Rudy Guliannai and Lisa Kudrow

    I'm stretching here.

  3. @N8R I'm hardly a Palin fan, but there's no denying the woman's charisma. She's a charming and dynamic figure that connects with people far better than others in her party.

    I'm totally down with the Rudy/Phoebe combo!

  4. @ R Pad

    I won't deny her that. I just remember that Fox were the people who broke the whole "Palin didn't know Africa was a continent" story the day after the election while blaming her for why McCain lost. Apparently, she forgot about that.

    My issue is with Fox News. I'm non-partisan in my beliefs and there are MANY things the right side of the aisle I feel has a better grasp on. Fox News does them no justice. These are the people that pay Sean Hannity. I won't even bring up Bill O'Reilly but… COME ON!

    I understand that it's actually more for entertainment than anything else… but there are a vast amount of people who don't. I'm a pretty "live and let die" kind of dude, but even I see it as immoral… and I love things that are considered immoral. Fox News goes way over the bar.

    MSNBC isn't much better, but they aren't as bad about it. They refuse to see the positive side of the other party, but they don't straight make stuff up and circulate it as truth.

    People are so easily misled.

  5. @N8R – so true sir. One of my favorite movies is "The American President" with Michael Douglas. He has a great number of memorable lines, but the one that applies here is from an exchange with Michael J Fox.

    Lewis Rothschild: They don't have a choice! Bob Rumson is the only one doing the talking! People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand.

    President Andrew Shepherd: Lewis, we've had presidents who were beloved, who couldn't find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don't drink the sand because they're thirsty. They drink the sand because they don't know the difference.

  6. @N8R

    My biggest problem with any network not named Fox is that they won't report anything negative about the party they are affiliated with. I never see anything negative about upcoming bills, party leaders, etc on MSN, etc. Fox is just as guilty though when the roles are reversed. I see Fox as the smaller evil since it is only one network.

    I don't care for Sarah Palin as a political leader. As a person, I'm sure she is fine or tolerable. I don't care for Obama as a political leader either. As a person, I'm sure he is fine or tolerable.

    I just need to be made benevolent dictator for a month and then things will be nice.

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