Simon says he wanted to quit after Tamyra left American Idol.

Simon says he wanted to quit after Tamyra left American Idol.
When Tamyra Gray was voted off American Idol, Simon Cowell said “it was a bad thing … I didn’t want to stay on the show” because she was the “best singer.” Why did he stay? “The money. That was it. Sorry.” Tamyra is currently guest starring on Boston Public and is recording a record. Simon’s comments came during the Oprah’s “After the Show” segment, which airs on Oxygen and can be watched online. Of rumors about Justin and Kelly’s romance, he said, “You want to know a secret? Justin has fallen in love with somebody–called his reflection.”
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Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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