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Simon Cowell Leaving 'American Idol'

By Leo Reyes     Jan 11, 2010 in Entertainment
British TV Host Simon Cowell is leaving popular US TV Show 'American Idol' as he signed up with Fox News for the airing of his equally popular TV Show 'X-Factor'
Popular American Idol judge Simon Cowell is moving to Fox News with his UK hit X-Factor, after signing up with the news network Monday. The decision to move requires that he sever ties with the equally popular TV American Idol show.
Cowell signed the agreement on stage before TV critics here, then announced he would appear as a judge — and "because of that, this will be my last season on American Idol," Cowell says. "I don't think it was right to do two shows in America."
Cowell's X-Factor is a huge hit in Great Britain and has since expanded in about 20 countries. It has a similar format with American Idol.
In 2005, the producer of American Idol sued Cowell for copying the format of American Idol but eventually settled the case resulting in the extension of his contract with the American Idol producer.
USA Today reports:
How will it affect Idol? Cowell says he wants to leave Idol in a stronger position than it was last year, with Ellen DeGeneres replacing Paula Abdul as a judge. "I never would have wanted to walk out when the show is No. 21 in the ratings; you want to leave on a high."
But Cowell is considered crucial to Idol's success, the report added
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