Simon Cowell apparently didn’t have much of a sense of humor about a 2008 TV parody of talent shows like The X Factor. A new book claims he got very angry about the spoof.
The show was called Britain’s Got the Pop Factor… and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice. It was created by and starred the British comedian Peter Kay.
Simon Cowell Got Angry About This ‘X Factor’ Spoof
Britain’s Got the Pop Factor featured voiceover artist Peter Dickson, who worked on real talent shows The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. He spoke about Simon’s reaction to the parody show in his memoir Voiceover Man, saying that Peter Kay told him the mogul “went berserk.”
“He hated it. Thought we were taking the p***. He sent me a really stinking email,” Kay told Dickson, according to The Mirror. “He was particularly upset about your involvement and I felt a bit guilty about that as I had given you my word it was an affectionate parody.”
Kay apparently added that Simon later apologized about his initial reaction, perhaps because the show was a success. “After the reviews came in and the praise was universal, he decided it was OK,” Kay said.
Simon Lets Kids Roast Him On ‘Got Talent’
Simon may not have been okay with Peter Kay making fun of his talent shows, but he’s a bit more forgiving when it’s a kid doing the roasting. He’s been a butt of quite a few jokes from young comedians over the years.
Seven-year-old JJ Pantano joked about Simon’s appearance on AGT: The Champions. “With some of the things you’ve said on the show, I’m not sure you can get any colder,” he said. “Looking at your face now, I think you’ve started the process already.”
“It’s hard being up here. Bright lights shining in my eyes,” said 9-year-old Ned Woodman on BGT. “And that’s only from Simon’s teeth.” Simon laughed along with the audience as the kids joked about him.