In case you’re not allowed near the office water cooler because of “the incident,” Simon Cowell announced today this will be his last season of American Idol. He’s quitting the show to prepare for the US launch of The X Factor which is almost a complete 180 from American Idol. If we’re only talking about names. People reports:
“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,” Cowell said in a statement. “We have a fantastic relationship, a great team and are all very excited about this.”
As for whether Abdul could be a judge on the new show, Cowell said, “I adore Paula. Whatever happens, I will be working with her in some capacity. Because I miss her.”
Wow. So basically this announcement was a giant “Fuck You” to Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi who get the extra added joy of having Ellen dropped in their laps. Simon Cowell, ladies and gentlemen, Master of Dick Maneuvers.