Bye bye Simon! First it was Paula’s turn, now FOX’s American Idol is saying goodbye to the infamous Simon Cowell after Season 9 wraps up this year. He told reporters on Monday that he will be leaving to pursue other options:
“The X Factor will launch in 2011. Because of that, this will be my last season on American Idol. 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.”
Simon launched the original X Factor in the U.K. and hopes to make it successful in the U.S by serving as the executive producer and a judge on the show.
Good luck Simon…don’t miss Season 9 of American Idol, which premieres this Tuesday on FOX.