Simon Cowell Not Returning For Final Season Of American Idol

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By Minyvonne Burke

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Simon Cowell says he’s not returning for the final season of “American Idol,” even though he was one of the original judges. “I kind of said goodbye many years ago,” says Cowell in an interview with “Extra” on Monday, adding jokingly, “Maybe I’ll flip the light switch out at the end or something.”

Cowell began as a judge on “Idol” in 2002 with Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. In 2010, he left and Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez joined the show. As Gossip Cop previously reported, Cowell has had nothing but nice things to say about his time as a judge on the show. Back in May, shortly after it was announced that “Idol” was being cancelled, Cowell tweeted, “Looking back at my time on ‘American Idol’ we had a great time. We found great artists. Had fun. And to America. Thank you. It was a blast.”

In a statement to People, Cowell further said, “We had a blast! Me, Paula, Randy, Ryan [Seacrest] – and not forgetting Brian [Dunkleman]. Thanks to the fans we were able to make some great shows and found some amazing artists… They really were great times.”

As Gossip Cop noted, former “Idol” judge Mariah Carey also said during a radio interview that she had absolutely no interest in returning to the show. She, however, called her time on the show the “worst experience of my life,” and said it was “boring and fake.” What do you think about Simon Cowell saying he won’t return for the final season of “American Idol”?

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