Simon Cowell Leaves ‘The X Factor’ After a Disappointing Run
“I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol,” Cowell said in a statement today. “And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!).
Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the U.K. and I want to thank FOX for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon!”
This is what happens when you fire Cheryl Cole.
Also, Cowell has a baby on the way with Lauren Silverman, so it’s time to throw down roots.
UPDATE: Sorry kids, The X Factor will not be returning to American television period. Shortly after this story was published, it was announced that Fox had decided not to renew the singing competition back for a fourth season. And, naturally, they, along with FremantleMedia North America, released statements pinning the decision on Cowell’s decision leave the show and return to the UK version.
Fox’s full statement is below:
“To all of us at Fox, Simon is more than one of the most prolific TV personalities of our time –he’s part of our family. A consummate showman and partner, there’s no one more passionate or creative than Simon, and we feel so fortunate to have enjoyed such a wonderful, collaborative relationship with him over the past 12 years. Unfortunately, there is no X Factor without Simon Cowell, but we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life. We wish him the very best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together again soon.”