Simon Cowell must be softening up. Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and host Steve Jones have all been dropped from the 'X-Factor' after only the first season, and Simon is admitting that his bragging might have gotten this show to the point it's at.
"It's only because I opened my big mouth and said we were going to get 20 million [viewers]. If I hadn't said that, everybody would be saying the show was a huge success."
You, Simon? A big mouth? Get out.
Cowell also shut down rumors that Beyonce is being considered as a replacement. He added that while he'd "love" to have Mariah Carey as a judge, she's busy being a mom to her 10 month-old twins. He says Madonna would be "expensive," but Katy Perry would be "fun" and "feisty."
Cowell doesn’t seem to believe that the 'X-Factor's rival, 'The Voice', puts the show at a disadvantage.
"I would ask ... how many hit records have they made? How many artists have they discovered?" Cowell said about the competition.
Simon admits that he knew about the firings at the beginning of the year. He told Extra that he wishes he could've kept Paula on the panel.
"I would've liked to have kept her. She was very gracious and I said that to her. She understands it's business; it's never personal."
He added that Nicole Scherzinger was "disappointed."
So why did LA Reid get to keep his job?
"There's not a record executive out there who is as good as him for the job," Simon said.