Simon Cowell Was Asked To Be A Judge On New ‘American Idol.’ ‘The Answer Is…’

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

Simon Cowell says he was asked to be a judge on the new “American Idol” on ABC. His answer was no.

Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson were the highest-profile judges during the show’s 15-season run on Fox. (RELATED: ‘American Idol’ Ending After 15 Seasons)

Simon Cowel, past American Idol judge, was invited to the wedding. Cowel later told People Magazine, "It was quick but beautiful and perfect. I give it a nine." (Photo: Reuters)

Simon Cowell, past American Idol judge, was invited to the wedding. Cowell later told People magazine, “It was quick but beautiful and perfect. I give it a nine.” (Photo: Reuters)

“I was asked to do it, and the answer is no,” Cowell said in an interview Thursday on “Extra.” “I have no interest. My memories are when we first started. It was a different time with Randy, Ryan and Paula. You can’t re-create that.”

“Last time I watched, it was not the same show, just the same name,” he added. “I left for a reason and I never regretted that.”

Earlier this week, ABC announced that the competition show would be returning in 2018 after it went off the air last April. “Idol” was responsible for helping to launch the careers of artists like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson.

Former “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest, who last week became co-host of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” addressed speculation about his possible return to “Idol” on the show Monday.

“I don’t know about that part yet,” Seacrest explained. “We haven’t gotten that far. This was news to me, actually, last week. I had said at the end of the series, ‘Goodbye for now,’ hoping somewhere it would come back.”

Cowell currently is a judge on “America’s Got Talent,” “Britain’s Got Talent” and “The X Factor UK.”

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter


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