Simon Cowell Thanks America After American Idol Cancellation
Simon Cowell has nothing but good things to say about “American Idol” in the wake of its cancellation. As Gossip Cop reported, Fox announced the music competition will return in 2016 for a 15th and final season. Cowell, of course, was one of the show’s biggest draws during its heyday, giving harsh critiques that made him infamous worldwide.
“Looking back at my time on ‘American Idol’ we had a great time. We found great artists. Had fun,” tweeted the music mogul on Monday night. He added, “And to America. Thank you. It was a blast.”
Cowell further said in a statement provided to People, “We had a blast! Me, Paula, Randy, Ryan – and not forgetting Brian. Thanks to the fans we were able to make some great shows and found some amazing artists. Fox took a risk on a brand new show and I want to thank them for giving us the opportunity. They really were great times.”
“Brian,” of course, is Brian Dunkleman, who was Seacrest’s co-host during the first season. He was fired before the series returned for season two, and Monday’s news led him to amusingly tweet, “I knew ‘American Idol’ would never last without me #CANCELLED.”
Fox honchos have expressed interest in reuniting the core crew, including Dunkleman, at some point during the farewell season, and it sounds like Randy Jackson would be game for some nostalgia. Jackson, who served as a mentor last season after stepping down as a judge, tweeted, “One of greatest talent shows ever. Gave us all huge careers and birthed sooooo many stars of today. Many have tried to imitate it but there will never be anything like #idol Thanks fans & talent Yall made it possible. Lets b bout the future.”
And Paula Abdul, who will debut as a judge on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance?” later this month, has remained close to Seacrest, Cowell, and Jackson, and previously returned for Cowell’s final episode several years ago. Would you want to see an “Idol” reunion?