Simon Cowell admits he was bored on American Idol (no kidding)

In the least surprising confession of the year, Simon Cowell admits that he was bored during his last few years of American Idol, which was extremely obvious during his last season. Despite his honesty, that gives me even less confidence about his new Fox show The X Factor, because how different is his new job, really? Maybe he’ll be more excited because he’s making more money off of this series instead of merely showing up to do a job he no longer liked?

That revelation comes in a very strange profile in GQ that details Simon’s routines such as his breakfast ritual, which involves texting his assistant so his housekeeper can make his breakfast of smoothies, and the “intravenous drip with B12, magnesium, vitamin C” that he gets weekly.

“I was bored. But at the same time, I had a deal with Fox, and you’ve got to do what you’ve been paid to do,” Simon told GQ. “There were times I used to wake up and I knew it was an audition day, and it was the same feelings I used to get Sunday nights at school. I used to wake up and think, I just wish I could do what I used to do–put a cup of tea on my head and pretend I’d got a fever.”

By the way, Simon still insists that despite their extreme similarities, he didn’t steal the format for the show he owns from the show he merely worked for (“I’ve never stolen anything from anybody”) and said he settled with Simon Fuller because “You don’t need to go into a war if you don’t need to go into a war–simple as that.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.