Simon Cowell will no longer be crushing terrible singers’ dreams on the most popular show on television.Cowell just announced this will be his last season on “American Idol” — and that he’s leaving the show to be a judge and executive producer on FOX’s upcoming American version of “The X Factor” … the British talent show that launched Leona Lewis‘ career.
Cowell just made the announcement during the semiannual Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
Simon said he was “offered a lot of money” to stay on “American Idol” … but he “wanted to do something different.” BTW, Simon reportedly makes around $36 million a year on “A.I.”
For his part, Ryan Seacrest tweeted: “this is simon’s last season on idol. He’s working on US version of x-factor! He is one of the most brilliant people in our biz! Congrats.”