Simon Says Buh-bye to Idol

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Simon Says Buh-bye to Idol

Post  Cincy Fan 44 on Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:47 pm

http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/TV/01/11/cowell.leaving.idol/

(CNN) -- Longtime "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell said he'll be leaving the popular Fox talent show at the end of the season, the network announced Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California.

Cowell's popular U.K. talent show, "The X Factor," will be coming to the United States in the fall of 2011 with the acerbic critic in tow, according to Fox.

"I want to leave 'Idol' this year bigger and better than it was in the past," Cowell said at the TCA tour Monday.

Cowell will be both executive producer and judge on "The X Factor."

"I'm thrilled that we have put a date on the launch of the U.S. version of 'The X Factor,' and delighted to be continuing to work with Fox," said Cowell in a statement. "We have a fantastic relationship, a great team and are all very excited about this." iReport: Will you watch "Idol" without Simon?

Speculation has raged for weeks as to Cowell's future. Though he's well paid for his "Idol" work -- an estimated $36 million per season -- he has expressed a desire to focus on "The X Factor."

Wow! It will be interesting to see what happens to Idol b/c a lot of people (myself included) watch to see what Simon says. Wonder if Rush would be interested in replacing him???

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Re: Simon Says Buh-bye to Idol

Post  Aggie Transplant on Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:04 am

If Rush was on, I would never watch again. But then again, I only watch now because my husband likes the show.

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