Just like a rat…Simon Cowell knows when to get off a sinking ship.
SIMON COWELL has announced he’s quitting talent show AMERICAN IDOL when the new season ends in May (10).
Speculation about the music mogul’s future on the show has been rife for months, with his brother Tony revealing a statement would be made in the early part of 2010 a month ago (Dec09).
He said, "A press statement is being prepared which will confirm what everybody expected: Simon will leave Idol at the end of 2010 to concentrate on bringing the American version of (U.K. talent show) X Factor to U.S. TV in 2011."
And now Cowell has confirmed the news of his departure on the eve of the ninth series, which starts on Tuesday (12Jan09) in America.
In his statement, Cowell reveals he plans to launch his X Factor on U.S. TV in 2011.
The news of the departure comes just months after judge Paula Abdul quit the show over an alleged pay dispute in August (09). She has been replaced by chat show host Ellen DeGeneres.
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