Simon Says ‘Toodle-oo’

Simon haters and William Hung fans rejoice! Longtime American Idol judge Simon Cowell announced earlier this week that he’ll be leaving the popular Fox talent show at the end of the season. That’s the good news. The bad news is he’ll be bringing the popular U.K. talent show, The X Factor, another one of his creations, across the pond in the fall of 2011. The show will likely air on the Fox network.

The question on everyone’s mind is: what will become of Idol without Simon Cowell? The “nice” judge Paula Abdul left the talent show in August and Ellen DeGeneres, who also has a daytime talk show, will take Abdul’s spot as an Idol judge. “I am going to be very, very sad to see him go, because I think he’s made the show what it is,” DeGeneres said.

Who is NOT gonna miss Simon? William Hung, known for providing a tone-deaf version of “She Bangs” by Ricky Martin (don’t get mad–you know you liked that song), saw his album hit the Top 40 list. Who’s got the last laugh now?! And what about the others on the receiving end of Simon’s jabs? Sure, he can dish it out, but can he take it!?? They were told their singing was “horrible” or “ghastly.” Not apt to constructive, er…DESTRUCTIVE criticism, one Idol hopeful lashed out on Simon. I mean, she was p-i-s-s-e-d.

There has been no word on who will replace Simon after he leaves at the end of this season.

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