Is Simon Cowell leaving American Idol?

American Idol, the show aired on FOX –currently number 1 on Nielsen ratings-, that brought to the international music scene stars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood or David Cook might be about to lose one of its heavyweights. Simon Cowell, the controversial and edgy British judge could be leaving the show for good as of next season.

Tony Cowell, Simon’s big brother, announced in his podcast, The Cowell Factor, the news:
“A press statement is being prepared which will confirm what everybody expected: Simon will leave Idol at the end of 2010 to concentrate on bringing the American version of X Factor to U.S. TV in 2011,” Simon’s brother says in this week’s installment.

Times of London reported that Simon’s contract with FOX ends at the end of 2010, so that he started having conversations with the network’s execs to figure out what would be next for the Television personality.  The American version of X Factor, a British television singing contest, is set to begin airing in FOX at the beginning of 2011. Cowell could be involved on this new acquisition. Bear in mind that FOX and Times fall under the umbrella of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.

At this moment, there has not been any official statement regarding Cowell’s upcoming move. In the meantime, the judge will be earning $45 million for the next season of American Idol starting next January 12.

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