Simon Cowell again suggests he’ll quit Idol next year

Simon Cowell has again suggested he’ll leave American Idol after the conclusion of its ninth season next year. Two years ago, he said he also said he’d quit after season nine, which is when his contract expires.

His latest comment comes in an interview promoting the third season of Britain’s Got Talent, which debuted Saturday and produced this amazing, must-watch audition, during which he talked about the TV shows he’s on.

“Most people do one show a year and I do three. It just so happens that one is in America and two are in England and they do involve a lot of travelling. One may have to go. I don’t know how to decide which one. That is the problem, I like all of them,” he told the Telegraph.

Then he got specific, saying, “I can’t imagine not doing Britain’s Got Talent and I can’t imagine not doing X Factor. But I guess America is more likely to go because I have got one year under contract. Maybe that will be the end.”

Of course, all of that is a lot of hedging with “may”s and “maybe”s. And he is paid $45 million a year for Idol, which could be enough to convince anyone to stick around.

Simon Cowell could take pay cut to stay with ITV [Telegraph]

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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.