Simon Cowell was offered $100,000 to critique couple’s sex, says he outsells Springsteen

Simon Cowell will be interviewed on 60 Minutes Sunday at 7 p.m. ET by former Mole host Anderson Cooper. In a clip of that interview released by CBS, Simon says he’s as important to his record company as Bruce Springsteen and that he sells more records.

Simon says he has “signed the biggest artist on the planet and it’s called ‘Idol’ because every single ‘Idol’ winner is now signed through Sony BMG. And this applies to … all the countries … we sell ‘Idol’ to, which is over 30 countries.”

Here’s the Bruce Springsteen-related exchange from the clip:

Anderson: “Are you as important to Sony BMG as Bruce Springsteen?”

Simon: “In terms of selling records, yes.”

Anderson: “Who sells more records?”

Simon: “I sell more records than Bruce Springsteen, sure. I mean, in the last five years, I’ve probably sold over 100 million records. So if he got 100, I should have got 500. But I mean, $100 million deal, that’s a great deal.”

Anderson: “For him or for you?”

Simon (laughing): “For him, it’s a good deal.”

Perhaps more appallingly, Simon also says on 60 Minutes that he was once asked “to come to [a couple’s] house and comment on him and his wife in bed.” He says, according to the New York Post, that people “were both in their fifties and he was going to pay me $100,000 for it,” but he said no. “I stupidly turned it down. I should’ve taken the money, because it would be a much more interesting story now.”

Cowell Worth More Than Springsteen? [CBS News]
$100G ‘Love Idol’ [New York Post]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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