Simon Cowell Quits American Idol After 2010

Buckle in for your last season of American Idol with Simon Cowell. According to his brother the King of Cruel will follow Abdul’s footsteps and leave the Idol Judges’ panel after American Idol 2010 but, unlike Paula, Simon has a new job lined up:

“A press statement is being prepared which will confirm what everybody expected: Simon will leave Idol at the end of 2010 to concentrate on bringing the American version of The X Factor to U.S. TV in 2011,”

Per Simon’s latest contract he’ll finally be able to bring “The X Factor” to the States and presumably he’ll be taking the lead with the judging role there as well.

Should American Idol continue on without its captain now that only Randy “Dawg” Jackson will be the only original judge for the 2011 season? Would you watch a show judged by Randy, Kara, and Ellen DeGeneres?

Source: SmallScreenScoop and TVGuide