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Fox Is More Than Salty About Losing American Idol Bidding War — 'It's Obviously A Tough One For Us'

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Fox is clearly not happy that they lost the American Idol bidding war.

As we previously reported, the singing competition is getting a reboot in early 2018, but rather than return to the network which aired the show for 15 seasons, Idol is coming back on ABC. To make matters worse, Fox executives are VVV salty about the situation.

Related: Simon Cowell Says HELL NO To The Idol Reboot!

Ahead of the network's upfronts, Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman opened up about Idol's grand return. On losing Idol to ABC, Miz Walden noted:

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Simon Cowell Says HELL NO To The American Idol Reboot!

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Just cancel the damn thing!

Although American Idol is coming back to TV, don't expect to see some of the show's famous faces. While Ryan Seacrest will most likely return as host, Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson will NOT be a judge and will instead become a coach for The Voice's 14th season.

Related: Who Is The Best American Idol Winner EVER??

While most people are hoping that iconic judge Simon Cowell will come back to the hit series… don't hold your breath!

In an interview with Extra's Terri Seymour, the British hothead confirmed he will not be apart of the 2018 reboot.

"I was asked to do it, and the answer is no… I have no interest. My memories are when we first started. It was a different time with Randy [Jackson], Ryan [Seacrest] and Paula [Abdul]. You can't recreate that."

In fact, the music executive doesn't like how the program has changed throughout the years.

"Last time I watched, it was not the same show, just the same name. I left for a reason and I never regretted that."

Simon has a point. It's a completely different show!

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ABC Confirms The Return Of American Idol & Twitter Responds Like An Unimpressed Simon Cowell

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You might occasionally look around and wonder what's been missing from your life.

Well, according to ABC, the answer to that is: another primetime network singing competition to commit yourself to!

Of course, the Disney-owned network isn't offering just any singing competition for viewers to enjoy next season… it's bringing back the OG!

That's right, ladies and gentlemen. This… is American Idol — REBOOTED.

Video: Worst American Idol Auditions Of All Time!

ABC confirmed it was rebooting the popular singing competition series on Tuesday morning after weeks of a bidding war with NBC and Fox.

Judges and a premiere date would be announced at a later date, but there's already talk of Ryan Seacrest somehow returning as host in addition to his new gig as Kelly Ripa's Live cohost.

Seacrest said he and the network hadn't "gotten that far" yet in terms of striking a deal, explaining on Monday's Live with Kelly & Ryan (also conveniently on ABC!):

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Nick Cannon Joins Simon Cowell & More Stars In Showing Mel B Support Amid Messy Divorce Drama

Mel B's costars come to her side!

As the divorce drama between Mel B and estranged ex Stephen Belafonte gets messier and messier, the songstress' friends are vocalizing their support!

Nick Cannon is the latest star to send his former America's Got Talent costar his best wishes!

Related: Stephen Wants Visitation Rights For Mel's Daughter With Eddie Murphy?!

Speaking to ET, the MTV personality revealed he's been emailing back and forth with the momma of three amid her latest troubles. He dished:

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Simon Cowell May Have Given Mel B The Encouragement She Needed To Walk Away From Her Allegedly Abusive Husband

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Simon Cowell is more than just a good colleague to Mel B, he is also a loyal friend.

As we previously reported, the Spice Girls alum is currently wrapped up in a messy divorce battle as she's accused her ex, Stephen Belafonte, of emotional and physical abuse.

Related: Mel Believed Stephen Would Kill Her

While we knew her X Factor costar had arranged for Scary Spice to stay in a hotel following a stint in the hospital in 2014, it seems the mother-of-three FINALLY left Belafonte for good after Cowell urged her to do so.

Apparently, Simon and others picked up that something serious was going on at home. Although Mel B made various excuses for her injuries, it was the American Idol judge who confronted the British singer about her husband.

It's said Simon called Stephen "a bad guy," "bad news," and regularly pushed his friend to leave Belafonte. Despite having attempted to leave her husband numerous times, it's believed Mel B credits Simon for inspiring her to really pull the plug.

Now that's friendship!

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New Details About Mel B’s Relationship With Estranged Husband Revealed — And How Simon Cowell Tried To Help

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Saddening new details have come out amid Mel B's divorce from her allegedly abusive ex Stephen Belafonte.

As we've previously reported, the Spice Girls alum was granted a restraining order against the film producer, claiming he has been physically and emotionally abusive towards her.

Related: Mel Believed Stephen Would Kill Her Or Her Friends If They Went To Police

It's now being revealed that in the days leading up to her filing for divorce, Stephen tried to keep the America's Got Talent judge from visiting her dying father, Martin. According to the court papers, he attempted to hide her passport and said:

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