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American Idol 9: Simon Cowell Confirms He Is Leaving

January 12, 2010 09:00 AM by Britteny Elrick

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The rumors are true. Simon Cowell announced yesterday that this will officially be his last season of American Idol. Ugh, he’s such a punk. No Paula, no Simonwhat’s the point? Keep reading to find out what he said about his decision.

Simon released a statement at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, CA saying that he will be leaving Idol to focus on the American version of The X Factor, where he will be both a producer and a judge. “The X Factor will launch in 2011. Because of that, this will be my last season on American Idol,” he said.

“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. We have a fantastic relationship, a great team and are all very excited about this,” he added.

So does this mean there might be a Paula-Simon reunion? “I adore Paula. Whatever happens, I will be working with her in some capacity. Because I miss her.” Okay, okay. I guess there is still hope for the reality TV world then.

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