"I mean, the truth was, on the first two seasons, we couldn't travel on the same plane together.We really disliked each other that much," he said, blaming her "sexual tension" for the animosity between the two.Since its premiere in 2002, "Idol" has been an entertainment phenomenon, regularly ranking as TV's top show, creating several musical stars and pulling in millions more viewers than its closest competition. Cowell's presence has been credited as a major reason.The British music executive was a judge on the British version of "Idol," "Pop Idol," and came to the United States when Fox imported the show.“Simon and I had a very authentic, interesting, eclectic relationship that played out on TV very well,” says the 53-year-old, who now fills a similar role on Fox’s : Adam Lambert on First Post-‘Idol’ Single | Paula Abdul on Simon Cowell | Ryan Seacrest on Eliminating Contestants | Constantine Maroulis on Seducing the Camera | Harry Connick Jr.on Being a Judge | A Tribute to ‘Idol’ | Lee De Wyze on Singing ‘Hallelujah’ | Allison Iraheta on Her ‘Idol’ Gig |Todrick Hall on Post-‘Idol’ Fame | Inside ‘Idol’: Show Creator Simon Fuller and More Give It Back“Simon had been doing the show in the U. I came from an entirely different background as a performer, so I know what it’s like to be up onstage and to be vulnerable and to put yourself out there.It took me a while to learn how to give it back [to Simon], but boy, was it fun once I did.“ Threaten To Quit“In the beginning, it was appalling and shocking that someone could speak so harshly of these people.
But Cowell told the TCA audience he had no doubt about the show's future. The Fox executives said they're not going to rush to find Cowell's replacement. Ellen De Generes, who's taking over Abdul's judging slot, joked about Cowell's announcement on her talk show Monday -- getting in a dig at NBC's late-night troubles as well. "But seriously, I am going to be very, very sad to see him go, because I think he's made the show what it is."So this just happened, Simon Cowell just announced that he's leaving 'Idol.' This will be his last season. He's a huge part of that show but he wanted a change.(Indeed, he signed the last page of his "contract" on stage with Fox executives Peter Rice and Kevin Reilly.) "[I] didn't think it was right to do two shows in America at the same time, so [I] decided to leave one and start another," he said.He said he missed Paula Abdul, the former "Idol" judge who left the show in August, but wouldn't confirm or deny whether she would appear on "X Factor" in the U. Cowell and Abdul had a good-naturedly contentious relationship on "Idol," with the tough-minded Brit often acting as bad cop to the "Forever Your Girl" singer's good cop.
I wish him all the luck in the world hosting 'The Tonight Show,' " said De Generes, referring to widespread speculation about how NBC will resolve its issues with its late-night talk shows.