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Simon Cowell Tells All To Oprah!

| Filed under: TV NewsAmerican IdolOprah WinfreySimon Cowell


Not everyone loved the idea of American Idol.

Simon Cowell sat down with Oprah on her upcoming series Master Class on the OWN network and told her the story of how he was kicked out of a major U.S. TV network after pitching the format for American Idol.

Simon says that he left the U.S. with "my tail between my legs" after a meeting with a TV boss that "was so bad that a minute into the pitch, the guy said, 'No.'"

Being the smart ass sarcastic guy that he is, Simon joked, "So, it sounds like you're interested?" right before the exec told to him to "Get out."

Unfortunately for Simon, he hadn't booked a car to pick him up and was left sitting on the steps of the building. He recalled, "I turned to the other Simons and said, 'The good news is, it will never get worse than this.'"

As we all know, AI became an instant hit in 2001 and the rest is history.

Bet that network exec is angry he ever told Simon Cowell "no."

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10 comments to “Simon Cowell Tells All To Oprah!”

  1. 1

    $20 says it was NBC. They're clueless over there.

  2. 2

    …Simon who? "It's Going To Take Some Time" for me to recall this has been.

  3. 3

    can someone please proof read these entries before they are published on the site… in almost every article I find grammatical errors…. for example, you typed "am minute" instead of "a minute"

  4. 4

    I hope he has his hands shaved for this interview bwahaha, as for grammatical errors, this is a blog, if you don't like it fuck off…

  5. 5

    so much grammatical errors…thats cuz mario types with his butthchecks.

  6. Norig says – reply to this


    Miss Simon

  7. 7

    "after pitching the format for American Idol."? didn't you mean't before?.

  8. 8

    *"meant". i'm almost writing the same way.

  9. 9

    im sure alot of good people hear no like susan boyle heard no maybe simon saw himself in susan then made her a star

  10. 10

    Re: DaniaX2012 – Bet it was NBC too and Jeff Zucker the moron who turned it down.