SIMON COWELL SAYS THIS IS HIS LAST SEASON ON 'IDOL'
Simon Cowell is leaving “American Idol” after this season.
The judge says he is leaving the hit show to focus on a new talent search, “The X Factor.”
He made the announcement at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, California yesterday.
Cowell launched The X Factor in the U.K., and will serve as the executive producer and judge of the American version (in 2011).
And Paula Abdul might join him as a judge on the new show.
Simon says, “I adore Paula. Whatever happens, I will be working with her in some capacity. Because I miss her.”