Simon Cowell to receive special award at BAFTA TV event Finally caught up with the “American Idol” finale on DVR. Man, was that a love fest for the departing Simon Cowell.

Not that the guys doesn’t deserve it. He was the reason to watch “Idol” during this particularly dreary season, and his presence on the show will be missed. But man … that was treatment reserved for royalty. And now the accolades continue to rain down.

Cowell’s going to receive a special prize at the BAFTA TV awards next month, according to the BBC. Cowell will be recognized for his “outstanding contribution … and for his development of new talent.”

Previous recipients of BAFTA’s special award include Paul Greengrass (the “Bourne” series) and BBC executive Jane Tranter. The BAFTA TV awards will be held at the London Palladium on June 6. They will be televised in the UK on BBC One.

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