Simon Cowell talks “American Idol” exit on Larry King
BY SEAN O’CONNELL
“American Idol” judges Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi, as well as host Ryan Seacrest, appeared on “Larry King Live” Monday night and opened up about testy relationships, the upcoming “Idol Gives Back” episode, and Cowell’s departure at the end of the current season.
“Season nine is going well,” Seacrest said. “I mean there’s been plenty of drama and now we’re getting to the good part, where we get down to the final few contestants.”
There was a lot of good-natured ribbing on King’s show between Cowell said Seacrest, with the stuffy Brit admitting that most of the tension between the two is for the good of the show.
“We get on fine,” Cowell said about Seacrest. “It’s right that it’s sport.”
DeGeneres furthered the point, saying, “They really are like brothers. I think that Ryan likes to see what he can do to push Simon’s buttons. And Simon likes to see what he can do to push Ryan’s buttons. And they do it to each other. That’s just the way they play.”
When King pressed Cowell on his future plans, the “Idol” judge said, “I’m going to do another show (called ‘X Factor’).” Cowell confirmed that he will appear on the show, but denied that it will run against “Idol.”
Discussing the charitable, Emmy-winning “Idol Gives Back” show, Seacrest told King, “This is our third time doing the show. And it’s raised over $140 million for different charities in the U.S. and around the world, which I believe is more than any other television event.”
This year’s special, which will be televised live from the Pasadena Civic Center, airs Wednesday, April 21, at 8 p.m. ET.