Simon Cowell Quits American Idol

January 11, 2010

Sources have confirmed that crabby Brit Simon Cowell will quit American Idol at the end of this season to focus on launching a new series called The X-Factor.

Fox has picked up The X-Factor for the fall of 2011. Fox chairman Peter Rice and entertainment president Kevin Reilly officially announced this big news today at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour in Pasadena. "In my opinion it's like having a good player on a good football team," Cowell said. "But when the player retires the team will continue to be very successful. I'm confident Idol will continue to be the No. 1 show. I want to leave Idol this year bigger and better than it's been before."

The American version of X-Factor is said to be similar to the UK version, with Cowell acting as judge and executive producer. Cowell also said that the other judges will be announced in the very near future.

As if we needed more pop garbage destroying the hearts and minds of America's youth.

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