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September 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Not only is Simon Cowell leaving American Idol, but he’s also likely to depart Britain’s Got Talent and the British version of The X-Factor, two of the highest rated shows in the U.K., which generate tens of millions of pounds for commercial broadcaster ITV. In an interview posted on BBC Radio’s Newsbeat page, Cowell said, “At the moment you are going to see me doing one show, and not in England.” His remark was taken to mean that he plans to devote full attention to developing the U.S. version of The X Factor, scheduled to debut on Fox in the fall of 2011. Cowell did hedge his remarks a bit, saying that he hasn’t “decided if I am doing BGT,” then remarking that he’s not sure whether viewers even want to see The X Factor return. If Cowell leaves Britain’s Got Talent, he’s likely to be joined by fellow judge Piers Morgan, who is reportedly finalizing negotiations to take over Larry King’s CNN show in the fall. Indeed, in a separate interview with London’s Daily Star, Cowell, who oversees both X Factor and Talent, indicated he is planning wholesale firings of judges on both shows. “You have to change things on these shows, otherwise it’s going to be the same old thing. And that means people will leave,” he said.