Idol Talk: Simon Gone (Officially)

January 15, 2010 by  
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ReportSimonCowellYes, NOW it’s official…Simon Cowell is off American Idol after this season.  But that isn’t the most interesting part of this report.

Its been reported that Cowell was offered between $100-144 million dollars to stay on the show for another amount of years, according to numerous sources. Now that’s an astounding amount of money for someone now considered to have “star power” except in an arena like this. He reportedly turned down the offer to migrate to his creation, X-Factor, that originally aired in the UK, to the states.

Now that’s truly knowing what you want to do, and going for it. Fox (for their part) denied the offer was that much, but declined further comment, fueling the speculation even further. We reported the departure of Simon Cowell awhile back, now its pretty much a done deal.

Sayonara: Simon Cowell to depart American Idol after this season?

December 23, 2009 by  
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0000040071_20070524004011Simon Cowell’s brother says that “American Idol” will have to do without him after this upcoming season, as his brother is stating that this will be his final season with the show.

Tony Cowell stated in his weekly podcast, “The Cowell Factor,” that Simon will be preparing a statement that will confirm that this will be the last season on the popular Fox singing competition for the sharp-tongued British judge. He will concentrate on his British show, “The X-Factor” and migrating it to the US during next year.

The podcast has actually been removed earlier today, so something tells us Tony shouldn’t have let the cat out of the bag this soon. This news will definitely change the tone of the show this coming season, and for seasons to come. Will the show go on? Odds are it will, but it’ll be very different indeed.