Simon Cowell Speaks Out On X Factor Firings

Simon Cowell speaks out to Extra TV for the first time about the X Factor Monday Massacre, when Steve Jones, Paula Abdul and Nicole Sherzinger were all axed on the same day. L.A. Reid has since signed a contract for a second year.

Simon passes off responsibility to “they”–I’m assuming he means FOX–for the shakeup.  He said, the decisions were made “At the beginning of the year– and we were told it had to happen straight away.”

On keeping Paula Abdul, Cowell admitted, “I would’ve liked to have kept her. She was very gracious and I said that to her. She understands it’s business; it’s never personal.”

As for Nicole Scherzinger, Simon said, “I don’t think she’s mad. I think she’s disappointed.” But keeping L.A. Reid was important. “There’s not a record executive out there who is as good as him for the job.”

Simon debunked the rumor Beyoncewas in the running. “No. I have no idea where this rumor came from. I read it online that I offered her $100 million a year. It’s complete nonsense.”As for Mariah Carey? “I would love her, but you can’t expect someone who’s just had two kids to make the kind of commitment you would need on this show.”

Simonl thinks Madonna would be “great,” adding she would also be “expensive.” Katy Perry “would be fun — and she’s feisty.”

Source: Extra TV

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  • Anonymous

    I am still going to watch the show, it got boring towards the end (No Astro and Rachel), I didn’t watch the last 2 weeks.  I also didn’t watch the last 2 weeks of AI 10, or the Voice 1. 

    Once the contestants that I like are eliminated what is the point???

    I don’t care who the judges are, if they are going to be duds why have any judges other than Simon!!!

  • sandrajane

    I don’t see the issue with Mariah appearing on the show because she has some kids.  They’ll be over a year old by the time the auditions start.  It’s not like she’s a single mother who’ll be working 12 hour shifts on a daily basis. 

  • Kirsten

    “No. I have no idea where this rumor came from.”

    Why do I find that difficult to believe given the number of articles he plants in the tabs?

    I don’t think I can stand another 6 months of him teasing us about the new judges. Maybe if we hadn’t just had to endure almost a year of it. Just pick some new judges already or shut up about it.

    Simon passes off responsibility to “they”

    I don’t think “they” would be getting any credit if the show had been a success. If Simon is this uber-producer, then why is he passing off responsibility to others? Is he admitting he has no control over this show? Not likely. Did “they” think changes should be made? I’m sure “they” did. But Simon isn’t helpless against all “their” demands. If he is helpless, maybe Simon should keep quite until “they” pick the new judges.

    Simon had a hand in all those firings. He needed to make changes, so just grow up and take the responsibility.  He’d never tolerate an artist putting all the blame for a flopped album on “them”.

  • Kirsten

    I don’t see the issue with Mariah appearing on the show because she has some kids

    JLo’s twins would have been about 3 when she started on Idol.

    Mariah shouldn’t take the job because she doesn’t need to be called a jealous old cat by Simon every time some pretty girl squawks off-key. She also doesn’t need to talked down to by some goof who knows less about music than her 1 year old twins.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder what Simon thinks about the success of the Voice? He has to be wishing he hit the market sooner…

  • harvestmoon

    Isn’t the main reason that Simon left American Idol was because he was tired of not having more control over what “they” wanted?  And having his own show was supposed to change that?

  • Hazehel

    Simon had a hand in all those firings. 

    Yes, Simon is being disingenuous there, he knows perfectly well that what he says goes, if he really wanted Paula, the show would have kept Paula.  

    Interesting bit of information about the show’s budget being $100 million.  There were probably about 50 hours of the show, so that makes it around $2 million per hour, not exactly a cheap show.      

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    Like anyone believes he hasn’t the final say on everything related to hiring and firing on the X Factor.    The show sucks so it’s Fox’s fault.   Way to go Simon!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That’s code for “Mariah said no”.  lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Exactly.  After seeing the way that Simon treated Pauler and Nicole, Mariah would be nuts to join the X-Factor.

  • tomr

    Simon is the only reason I don’t watch the show.  He should have fired himself.  It has been a joy watching the Idol tryouts where people are dealt with respectfully for the most part.  I don’t miss his sarcasm and disrespect.  No wonder he can’t maintain an engagement.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol at Simon trying to squirm out of the responsibility for the problems at the X-Factor.  Remember all of those early ads that focussed totally on HIM.  I guess that “they” wanted those, huh Simon?  lol

  • Anonymous

    Come on Simon. He definitely had a hand in the firings. It’s time for Simon to take responsibility for them. It’s not like it would hurt his mean guy image. So just fess up.

  • Tess

    On a very shallow note…Simon looks like he has aged 10 years since he left Idol.  His left eye is still droopy, his face seems full and sorta swollen, and his boobs are getting bigger.  Either he hasn’t had time for all his cosmetic procedures or he is just getting older and much more droopy.  Catches up to all of us, eventually.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    lol at Simon trying to squirm out of the responsibility for the
    problems at the X-Factor.  Remember all of those early ads that focussed
    totally on HIM.  I guess that “they” wanted those, huh Simon?  lol

    I remember them.  It was almost like the ads were saying, here is the big mean scary man coming back on your tv.  Those ads were basically all about Simon and no one else.  He just assumed that the masses would just automatically shut AI out and tune into the X-Factor and judging by the success of season 10, and the first season of this show’s ratings, I would say it didn’t exactly work out the way he planned it.  So if Simon wants to place the blame on someone, then Simon needs to blame Simon.  ;)

  • Anonymous

    Man up Simon.  Hmmmm…maybe there is more to those man boobs than we thought.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yep.  Simon badly miscalculated the level of his appeal and mistakenly thought that he was the main reason for Idol’s huge audience.  I’ll bet that he has a heck of a time getting any female star to join the X-Factor after the way that he treated Pauler and Nicole.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BA3LTQVQRHH4Q4DZGJLCZOHTN4 Ford31

    Paula sucked anyway always has! nicole was a loser with the contestants!! so Simon better revamp very carefully if he wants a success, I didn’t watch the show because it wasn’t about the singers it was all about the judges.. terrible format .. couldn’t care less what he does the show is a loser. GO AI

  • Anonymous

    The Voice has shown us how much fun the judging panel can be.  To a lesser extent, The Sing-off does the same.  To a still lesser extent, the Idol panel.  With sourpusses Simon and LA anchoring, I can’t imagine how he ‘they’ will make XF enjoyable to watch.    

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VCEZD3N6FHT6AVC6TG7VKTBONQ Raftrap

    I’m fine with Mariah, Beyonce and Madonna saying no if that’s getting us closer to getting Cheryl Cole back.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    With each passing year, I liked Simon less and less.  By the time we got to Season 7, I wanted him to leave the show.  Doesn’t he watch the other shows and see what works?

  • Anonymous

    “I don’t see the issue with Mariah appearing on the show because she has
    some kids.  They’ll be over a year old by the time the auditions start. 
    It’s not like she’s a single mother who’ll be working 12 hour shifts on
    a daily basis”

    Why do I think this is Simon’s excuse for MC just *not* *wanting* to be on his silly show? heh

    Just struck me that Simon’s so good at taking credit for everything good and passing off blame for everything bad that he really ought to go into politics.

  • itsalleternal

    Simon has certainly outlived his welcome in America. It was promoted like absolute crazy and still failed to draw a significant audience. He needs to go back to England and stay there.

  • revcat

    I second the motion!

  • Anonymous

    i think the big mistake was to cast the host and Nicole. They might had gotten better ratings

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CTSGSGATMXQESVDDD7RWQRYXU Jane

    NOT TALKING TO THE MJ POSTERS HERE!  Well, I guess I am talking TO you, but not ABOUT you.  :D

    But in talking to people in my real life — you know the friends who don’t even realize that people chat online about American Idol — I think Simon is grossly underestimating how much people enjoy him and Paula TOGETHER as a judging duo.  I’ve heard no disappointment on Nicole or Steve, but everyone I’ve talked to is very disappointed that Paula won’t be back.  A lot of people (again, I know not on here) enjoy those two together as judges. 

    I do think it was a big mistake to let Paula go.