Simon Cowell asked FOX to reschedule the World Series?
That’s what The Wall Street Journal reports in a new and in-depth article on the man we love to hate. Afraid that the series would interfere with the X Factor rollout, Simon asked network executives if they might reschedule.
“I asked them if they would change it by a couple of days,” he admits. Executives at Fox Broadcasting, which will air both, said no.
More fun factoids from the WSJ’s fascinating report:
But don’t let Simon’s massive ego fool you. He can be brash, but he’s also a jangle of insecurities. Around the time Cheryl Cole was fired, Simon sat backstage at the Prudential Center in NJ, feeling scared, “It felt like there were 250 people in that room and every one of them was petrified. I thought to myself, ‘This is either going to work or it’s not, and there’s nothing I can do about it.'”
But a few minutes later he was out in front of a crowd of nearly 5,00o chanting fans, “back in form.” He asked a 58-year-old woman why she’s divorced, then ordered a duo of 14-year-olds to get new haircuts. “I told them, ‘Fire your parents.'”
“This [show] better bloody work or I am in huge trouble,” Simon told the WSJ.
Last month, in front of a live audience of more than 4,000 people, he told a group of 12-year-old girls that their voices sounded like cats being run over on the freeway.
Every day, Simon drinks a “specially formulated anti-aging smoothie” with imported lingonberry, acerola berry, chokeberry and aronia juice flown in specially from “exotic” locations.
And his salary? After Simon turned down FOX’s offer to bring the X Factor to the network, while still judging Idol in the Spring, “then-NBCUniversal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker offered a deal that would pay Simon $250 million to do “X Factor” and serve as a judge on Simon’s “America’s Got Talent” on that network. FOX then then topped the NBC offer and agreed to let Simon leave Idol and launch X Factor.
Read the entire report HERE