Simon Cowell: “I Don’t Know” If I’ll Be On “American Idol” Finale

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Simon Cowell, who helped turn “American Idol” into must-see TV, says he may not appear on next week’s series finale.

Cowell broke the news on Friday during a NBCUniversal “Summer Press Day” panel (see photo right). “There is a date clash. I don’t know yet,” the former judge said when asked if would be part of the final episode. He did not reveal what is causing the scheduling conflict.

Cowell famously left “American Idol” after season nine in 2010. He went on to judge “The X Factor” for three seasons, in addition to judging talent competitions in the U.K. In May, he will replace Howard Stern on the new season of “America’s Got Talent.”

While FOX announced last week a number of returning faces for the “Idol” finale, Cowell wasn’t one of them. Nor were any other past judges mentioned, though it’s expected at least a few will appear. Paula Abdul, for instance, told Entertainment Weekly recently, “I know they’re trying to figure out what the three of us will do. I’m sure we’ll do something that will be trouble-making.”

Whether or not she, Cowell, and fellow original judge Randy Jackson end up taking the stage at the Dolby Theatre, all three will appear in a special 90-minute retrospective airing on FOX this Tuesday. That will officially kick off the three-night finale festivities. Wednesday will feature performances from the season 15 finalists, and then on Thursday, the farewell season, and the series, will come to a close with the crowing of the last-ever winner and return performances from “Idol” alumni. Gossip Cop will have full coverage.

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