Cowell told reporters Monday, “The X Factor will launch in 2011. Because of that, this will be my last season on American Idol.”
According to a press release, Simon will be both the executive director and judge of the American version of the show. “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 continued. “We have a fantastic relationship, a great team and are all very excited about this.”
Many are speculating that Paula Abdul, who left Idol over the summer, is being considered as a judge for X Factor. Simon just added fuel to the fire, telling reporters, “I adore Paula. Whatever happens, I will be working with her in some capacity. Because I miss her.”
We feel bad for Randy, Kara DioGuardi, and Ellen Degeneres! Without Simon, Idol just won’t be the same. And if Paula follows Simon to X Factor, that will blow Idol out of the water! Sounds like it may be nearing the end of an era!
Season 9 of American Idol premieres Tuesday at 8PM on FOX. Will you be tuning in to see Simon’s last season?