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.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.