Simon Cowell will either leave American Idol next year or stay three more years, reports say

American Idol 9 will be Simon Cowell’s final season, according to the judge’s brother, unless the CEO of the company that owns the show is right, in which case Simon is staying through American Idol 11.

On his podcast, The Cowell Factor, Tony Cowell said, “Meanwhile, Simon prepares for a new season of Idol — or should I say, his last season of Idol. As I sit here with my family in the sunny Caribbean, a press statement is being prepared, which will confirm what everyone expected: Simon will leave Idol at the end of 2010 to concentrate on bringing the American version of X Factor to U.S. TV in 2011.” MJ has the original podcast, if you’d like to listen to the whole thing.

But CKX CEO Robert Sillerman told MTV News that his company, which produces the show, said, “We’ve heard from Fox, who has asked us for approval for Simon Cowell to appear for three more years on ‘Idol.’ They, in their negotiations with Cowell, have asked us to pre-approve him not only for ‘American Idol’ ’09, which has begun taping, but they have also asked us for approval for ’10 and ’11, indicating to us that they’re finishing their negotiation with Cowell. We did grant approval for that, quite obviously.”

Whatever the announcement will be, Simon is prepping by giving the world a holiday present: his cleavage.

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