Talent show judge Simon Cowell is certainly opinionated. He’s been letting contestants know how he really feels for years on shows like American Idol and America’s Got Talent. As it turns out, he was just as opinionated in his younger days.
In what was reportedly his first TV appearance in 1987, a 27-year-old Simon spoke candidly about sex education on a British TV show called Right to Reply. The show allowed viewers to express their complaints about TV programs. Simon wrote in to share his opinion on a sex debate.
Simon Cowell Talks About Sex
Simon said he thought the program in question was “a joke, it was so bad.” He called it “boring,” and argued, “If you’re gonna talk about sex, you might as well make it at least informative and at least interesting.”
The music mogul also pointed out the importance of encouraging safe sex, in the wake of the AIDS epidemic. “I think the most important thing you ought to be thinking of as a producer when you’re having a sex program, is trying to get young people to think sensibly about sex,” Simon said.
Simon Cowell Acts The Same 30 Years Later
Although some YouTube commenters pointed out how high-pitched younger Simon’s voice sounded (“like an older Simon inhaling helium”), others noted how similar his mannerisms are to the current Simon. Anyone who’s watched him judge a talent show will likely recognize it.
“Legend says that he came out of the womb holding a pen,” one commenter wrote. It’s true that Simon does seem to enjoy gesturing with a pen in his hand while giving his critiques. Just look at the video above.
Another viewer wrote, “At least no one can say that his attitude changed with fame.” Simon is now 59 years old, and — while he looks a little different now — he acts pretty much the same as he did over 30 years ago.