Simon Cowell Is Not A Fan Of The ‘American Idol’ Reboot

Simon Cowell on "American Idol"Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

Simon Cowell became a household name for Americans thanks to American Idol. But the current AGT judge has no interest in the show’s reboot on ABC. He’s shared his disdain for the new version in the past, and he reiterated it this week.

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On the red carpet for the AGT live shows this week, Simon responded to a question about rumors that host Ryan Seacrest is leaving American Idol. According to Us Weekly, Simon told reporters,  “I have no idea. I haven’t seen the show in so many years, I honestly couldn’t tell you.”

Simon Cowell Doesn’t Care About American Idol

Simon made his disinterest in the show very clear when he compared it to his interest in the upcoming live action reboot of The Little Mermaid. He had previously been asked to share his thoughts on rumors Harry Styles would be playing Prince Eric.

He reportedly said he didn’t “know enough about” the movie to comment, and later added about his American Idol knowledge, “I know more about The Little Mermaid.” So it’s pretty clear he doesn’t care about what’s going on over at the ABC show.

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Simon Cowell Turned Down A Job On The Idol Reboot

Not only does Simon not care to watch or talk about the reboot of the show, but he even turned down a job on it. The show apparently invited him to return, but he declined.

“I was asked to do it, and the answer is no,” he told Extra in 2017. “I have no interest. My memories are when we first started. It was a different time with Randy [Jackson], Ryan [Seacrest] and Paula [Abdul]. You can’t recreate that.”

Last year, Simon was asked by Harvey Levin what he thinks of “singers judging singers” on the reboot, and he said, “I don’t get it … You think Madonna wants to find Madonna?”

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Why Did Simon Leave American Idol?

Simon left American Idol in 2010. At the time, he was developing an American version of The X Factor, which premiered in 2011. But Simon also had some problems with what American Idol had become.

Simon told Hollywood Life earlier this year that he took issue with the show’s age limits, which required contestants to be between 16 and 28. “How can you say, ‘You can’t be a star [because of your age],’” he said.

“And I found the word ‘Idol’ obnoxious to be honest with you,” he added. “And why isn’t a 35-year-old as great as an 18-year-old? I just got to the point where this is not real, which is why I move on.”

“Last time I watched, it was not the same show, just the same name. I left for a reason and I never regretted that,” Simon told Extra of his choice to quit the show and not return for the reboot.


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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