Simon Cowell lied about not knowing his mean comments were being recorded

Simon Cowell might be a dick, but at least we can count on him to be honest. Not anymore.

Last week, he said that his comments weren’t meant to be aired. “What’s getting me into trouble,” he told Good Day LA, is the fact that producers “left the cameras rolling this year.”

But guess whose idea that was? On Friday, Simon admitted to Extra that he lied about the cameras recording, but first he lies about the fact that he wasn’t “complaining,” which he certainly was. “Well, I’m not complaining. I mean, I was the one who initiated in the first place. So, I can’t complain,” he said. Then he basically takes responsiblity, which would be refreshing had it come, say, before he lied. “I just got caught up in a few things that maybe I shouldn’t have said.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.