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

 

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  • smartalek

    Someone (Simon) does not understand who really has power in the US. He thought he and his show would supercede the main event of America’s proudest sporting tradition. LMAO. (The only thing more asenine would be to ask for the superbowl to be rescheduled around his schedule.)

  • Tony

    Wow. Just….wow.

  • http://www.comcast.net KAT80

    Apparently he does not know what baseball means to USA sports, especially the World Series. He needs to check his ego at the door and do more research to find out what Americans like.

  • Grammie Kari

    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.

    Sounds like Simon hasn’t changed a bit, although his “targets” are a bit younger this time around. Indeed he needs to check his ego at the door and do more research – but by now Simon should be aware of these things.

    No human being is worth the money FOX is paying Simon. Not everyone is excited about X-Factor coming in the Fall. Oh, well…

  • fusion8

    more than $250 Million? Crazy!! never been a fan of him, but i’m one of the very few.

  • Nina1

    HAHAHAHAHAHAH! Thanks for the early a.m. humor, MJ. Why does this not surprise me?

  • chrislongisland

    hahaha no one interferes with the world series …… except cablevision last year, of course.

  • Kirsten

    “This [show] better bloody work or I am in huge trouble,” Simon told the WSJ.

    If the show fails, Simon will get a nice healthy reality check (to go along with that big cheque he’s getting). If it succeeds, his ego just might eat Tokyo.

    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

    It’s bad enough that he asked for it in the first place. It shows that he continues to be clueless that he admits that he did it.

    Of course, if the World Series ends up being between smaller market/unpopular teams they may wish they had given in to Simon (here is hoping it’s something like the Yankees vs Cubs and the Cubbies take it to 7 and win – that would get some serious ratings).

  • desiree_chick

    Can you be that far up your ass? I mean wow, really Simon? After 9 years on network television, does he not know already how it works?

    I’ll be honest, I thought Baseball was losing so much ratings, that I didn’t understand why it was interrupting some of the shows, as I hate that and don’t really like baseball. They could let TBS run baseball from now on…..heh, whatever, Simon is a moron.

  • Valentin432

    That’s a funny report if true.

    At the same time, the World Series will mess up with the schedule for X factor, I remember SYTYCD being a mess the season they did in the fall, they had to cut two elimination nights and the judges had to decide who was going home.

  • Kirsten

    At the same time, the World Series will mess up with the schedule for X factor, I remember SYTYCD being a mess the season they did in the fall, they had to cut two elimination nights and the judges had to decide who was going home.

    Yes it will. That’s why Simon covets the Spring season. Not only is it longer, but it doesn’t constantly get interrupted by Baseball. If only his Lee-wins-Idol-And-Then-I-Leave-So-Idol-Fails plot had worked (He would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for those meddling kids! (and Nigel))

  • adolf_hipster

    I’m so excited for X-factor. I still think Simon made a mistake hiring Paula and Nicole instead of Cheryl especially, but I hope it will work.

    I still feel like Simon is a grounded and level-headed person in general and has his priorities straight.

    I think he just doesn’t get emotionally invested in his business decisions and people don’t understand it and misplace it for cruelty or arrogance or something.

    I don’t get the feel Simon is arrogant at all, just very confident in his skills and very proud of his accomplishments.

    And ego is a necessity in the business he’s in.

    I really don’t see him go all cray and ending up in rehab like Charlie Sheen if the show isn’t successful.

  • Kirsten

    I really don’t see him go all cray and ending up in rehab like Charlie Sheen if the show isn’t successful.

    Sheen isn’t in rehab. He apparently cured himself with his own brain. Or so he says. I’m sure Simon can relate.

    Simon has flopped before. Perhaps he can move back in with his parents like last time ;-)

  • TwigLA

    Why does this not surprise me in the least? Simon’s ego has its own zip code. Heck, it has its own country code.

    It’s distressing to me that we have No Hate and anti-bullying campaigns, yet one of the biggest bullies in the entertainment industry is not only celebrated, but also paid enormous amounts of money to do it.

  • SajiNoKami

    No human being is worth the money FOX is paying Simon.

    Ryan maybe.

    Simon, LOL, research the market a bit.

  • chearts77

    My coffee almost ended up on my monitor reading the title of this blog. Oh, Simon, Simon, Simon…thought you knew enough about America to realize that BASEBALL is a pride of America. You really think execs would have rescheduled the major sporting event of the year for your little talent show? *chuckles*

  • Tess

    yet one of the biggest bullies in the entertainment industry is not only celebrated, but also paid enormous amounts of money to do it.

    Simon is nothing more than an amalgamation of millions of peeps who want to say all the rude and nasty comments they can think of but don’t have a public forum to do it. He has made his fortune on being the spokesperson for the oppressed who were forced to bite their tongues because it just wasn’t cool to “tell it like it is”, but now, because of Simon they can blast off and ridicule anyone any time they feel like it.

    I, for one, do not think that Simon has ever offered a single modicum of constructive criticism…he is just about sound bites and making sure he “attacks” before someone can attack him.

    But, apparently, millions of peeps think he walks on water and made Idol the TV attraction it is….guess there are just a lot of folks who are into bullying and ego building at the expense of others.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Ummm…. I don’t think FOX has the authority to reschedule the World Series. They pay for the privilege of airing it.

    Oh, Simon. Really?

    On the other hand, maybe Simon could give some of his paycheck to the Dodgers so they can afford to pay their players and then maybe he can get them to lobby the commissioner. *rollseyes*

    Like the x-Factor is more important than baseball.

    Really?

    Cubs vs Yankees? I would prefer never to see the Yankees in the post season ever again, but it would be a huge ratings juggernaut.

  • halo9125

    Oh Simon- how very Nigel-esque of you, lol.

  • KatieB

    Ryan maybe.

    Simon, LOL, research the market a bit.

    Ryan?? really? he deserves that kind of money oh please, he’s another one that is so full of himself and he can’t get out of his own way.

    Simon really, you think to much of yourself. Get over it. I hope X factor flops flat.

  • Yvonne13

    Go Phillies! Simon Cowell…not so much.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I won’t cry in my oatmeal if X-Factor flops. That said, I will tune in and check it out.

    Go Braves!

  • adolf_hipster

    Sheen isn’t in rehab.

    He was this january. (and last year too i think)

    Simon has flopped before. Perhaps he can move back in with his parents like last time

    You think he’s gonna lose all his money if X-factor fails? lol

  • Pam

    Did Simon really think Fox would do this? What a piece of work! LOL!

  • girlygirl

    Simon’s ego is way out of control if he seriously thinks his stupid show is more important than the World Series. Does he not realize how much money Fox gets from advertisers during the WS or the Super Bowl — even when the ratings aren’t great??? Does he not realize that these things are a huge part of American culture?

    Would he ask the BBC to postpone showing England in the World Cup in order to air Britain’s Got Talent? Eh…he probably would, wouldn’t he

  • Kirsten

    You think he’s gonna lose all his money if X-factor fails? lol

    No. I don’t think he’s going to lose all his money. I’m just making a joke.

    Whenever he talks about having to move in with his parents, he makes like it such a huge tragedy and we should have vast sympathy for him (and hate the evil record execs who did that to him) which is hilarious because it’s no big deal, his parents are uber-rich so even at his lowest, he was just rich and he’s proud to be ruthless in the biz so why should we be outraged when others are ruthless toward him. So, I’m sure if X-Factor flops, he will feel ill-used. Simon only knows how to take responsibility for success.

  • just sayin

    Okay, I don’t know what it is, but the things that Simon says/does that make people furiously hate him, always just make me laugh. I know I’m not the only Simon Cowell fan in the world. But I think I’m the only one — stupid? brave? crazy? — enough to admit that I think he’s hilarious. And smart. Hey, it never hurts to ask! Just makes me laugh.

  • adolf_hipster

    Whenever he talks about having to move in with his parents, he makes like it such a huge tragedy and we should have vast sympathy for him

    lol no he doesn’t……he always says that it was the best thing that ever happened to him and that since then he’s not afraid to take big risks, because he knows how it feels to lose it all and it’s not nearly as terrible as people thinks it is.

  • Miss Chaos

    It’s distressing to me that we have No Hate and anti-bullying campaigns, yet one of the biggest bullies in the entertainment industry is not only celebrated, but also paid enormous amounts of money to do it.

    Yes Simon bullies people on TV and gets paid for it and it and he sickens me. I hope his show crashes big time and he can go home to Mommy. Maybe she wont take him it, I would love it.

  • iluvai

    I like Simon. I miss on him on Idol and I hope the X Factor is a big success. :)

  • n3mover

    I would believe this is a joke, but I really think Cowell is that much of an egomaniac.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “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.

    LMAO!

  • stargazed

    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.

    ….yet he still smokes.

  • TwigLA

    ….yet he still smokes.

    And gets frequent Botox treatments. (source – interview with Piers Morgan)

  • jammasta

    ROFL. Simon you stupid egocentric buttface.

    Giants repeat plzkthxbye