Simon Cowell Says ‘American Idol’s Producers Came Up With His Nasty Persona
Simon Cowell is synonymous with being mean. At least, he used to be. While I wouldn’t exactly call Simon Cowell cheerful, he’s come a long way from the first few seasons of American Idol. After his son Eric was born, Simon softened up a bit. But he said that the whole mean guy persona was actually thought up by the producers of American Idol.
According to Simon they concocted the whole vicious bully angle to boost ratings in the early days. Ironically, towards the end of his time at Idol, he had truly grown to hate it. He said,
“I was not grumpy the whole time. They just decided, the producers, it would be funnier to make me look miserable and it was sort of an accident. I just couldn’t bear it at the end. It wasn’t fun. Sometimes with success, it becomes a happy place, sometimes success becomes the opposite. I always promised myself that once I got that Sunday evening feeling or the Monday morning feeling of, ‘God, I’ve got to go to work today’, it was time to stop – and I got that.”
I don’t know that I totally buy this. He’s still kind of mean on The X Factor and the Got Talents. Perhaps they took his already existing personality traits and amplified them. But I refuse to believe he’s a happy-go-lucky guy.