Fox confirmed rumors today that this will be Simon Cowell’s last season as a judge on “American Idol.” He will instead launch “The X Factor” in the U.S. as an executive producer and judge:
Fox announced today that The X Factor will launch in the U.S. in the fall of 2011. Simon Cowell, who created and launched The X Factor in the U.K. in 2004, will serve as both executive producer and judge on the U.S. version, which will be produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America.
The X Factor is currently shown in 17 countries worldwide with a global audience of more than 500 million, and is the No. 1 TV entertainment format in Europe. Cowell will continue to serve as both executive producer and judge on the U.K. version. The X Factor format is owned by Syco, a global music, television and film production joint venture between Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment.
“I’m thrilled that we have put a date on the launch of the U.S. version of The X Factor, and delighted to be continuing to work with Fox,” said Cowell. “We have a fantastic relationship, a great team and are all very excited about this.”