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Simon Cowell Opens Up About Why Britney Spears Left 'The X Factor'

9/8/2013 10:04am EDT
Simon Cowell
Famous pop star Britney Spears' $15 million The X Factor contract wasn't renewed because she was "very uncomfortable" on the show.

The show's creator Simon Cowell has admitted he didn't realize that the Toxic singer is not a big talker and confirmed it was the main reason he decided to replace her on the judging panel this year after just one season.

The 55-year-old British star told Ellen DeGeneres in a new interview that will air on Tuesday "I didn't realize that! I kind of booked someone who couldn't talk, which is a bit of a problem when you want someone to judge."

He added: "She was...

Simon Cowell Says Lauren Silverman Is Not A Gold Digger, Unborn Child Won't Inherit His Fortune

9/7/2013 9:00am EDT
Simon Cowell & Lauren Silverman
Simon Cowell says his expectant girlfriend Lauren Silverman isn't after his money. In a recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres, "The X Factor" judge called gold digger rumors "absolute nonsense."

This summer it was revealed that Silverman, who was married at the time, was expecting a baby with Cowell. The news was bittersweet because Cowell knew the media would go nuts over the news.

"Oh my god, this is exciting and this is going to be a bit of a nightmare for the next few weeks - because everyone knows it was well documented. It was kind of uncomfortable, you know, the situation."

He con...

Simon Cowell Proclaims His Child Will Not Inherit Fortune; Will Give It To Charity?

9/5/2013 9:59am EDT
Simon Cowell
The X Factor creator Simon Cowell has no plans to hand his child a massive inheritance, insisting his immense fortune will go to charity.

The dad-to-be, who is worth an estimated $360 million, is adamant his offspring won't receive any hand-outs because he wants his money to help unfortunate children and animals.

Cowell tells Britain's Esquire magazine, "I'm going to leave my money to somebody. A charity, probably - kids and dogs. I don't believe in that passing on from one generation to another... Your legacy has to be that hopefully you gave enough people an opportunity, so that they ...

Simon Cowell And Lauren Silverman Spotted Together In Public For First Time Since News Of Their Affair Surfaced

8/25/2013 1:31pm EDT
Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman
Simon Cowell was spotted out with his baby mama Lauren Silverman over the weekend, holding hands and walking along the beach in St. Tropez, France together.

It's the first time The X Factor star and the New York socialite have been seen together since news of their affair and Silverman's pregnancy first surfaced late last month, something Simon recently confirmed at the premiere of One Direction's new concert film One Direction: This Is Us.

"Things are changing in my life right now, for the better," he told the BBC. "I'm proud to be a dad. It's something I hadn't thought of before, but no...

Simon Cowell 'Feels Good' About Becoming A Father

8/21/2013 4:00pm EDT
Simon Cowell
While attending the "One Direction: This Is Us" premiere in London on Tuesday, a smiling Simon Cowell opened up about how he feels about becoming a first-time dad.

He told the BBC:  "Things are changing in my life right now, for the better. I'm proud to be a dad. It's something I hadn't thought of before, but now I know I feel good about it. She's (Lauren Silverman) a very special girl."

The 53-year-old made headlines last month after it emerged that New York socialite Silverman, 38, was pregnant with his baby. Her husband Andrew was also a close friend of Cowell's.

When pressed about th...

The Morning Roundup: N Sync's VMA Reunion, Aretha Franklin's 'Miraculous' Recovery, Cowell's Baby

8/21/2013 10:38am EDT
N Sync
Numerous reports are pointing to an N Sync reunion at this Sunday's MTV VMAs. Multiple sources have claimed that Justin Timberlake, who will received this year's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, will reunite with former bandmates Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone for a performance at this year's awards. While all signs point to this as being a no-brainer, a rep for MTV told New York's Newsday that the rumors aren't true, and Bass himself weighed in on the situation (story), saying the news is expected because of Timberlake's lifetime achievement award the network...

Simon Cowell's Baby Mama, Lauren Silverman, Reaches Divorce Settlement

8/15/2013 1:30pm EDT
Simon Cowell & Laura Silverman
Lauren Silverman has settled her divorce, two weeks after it emerged that she was pregnant with Simon Cowell's first child. The socialite's affair with "The X Factor" star was made public on July 31.

Silverman's husband, Andrew, filed for divorce in New York in early July after 10 years of marriage. He cited adultery for the cause of the split and named the TV mogul as a co-respondent.

What could have been a lengthy court battle ended up being a quickie divorce. The Silvermans reached a settlement on Wednesday, with Lauren receiving just over $2 million, according to The couple w...

Simon Cowell & Howard Stern Are The Highest Paid TV Personalities

8/9/2013 10:09pm EDT
Simon Cowell
Forbes magazine just released its list of the highest paid TV personalities, and Howard Stern and Simon Cowell tied for the top spot.

"The X Factor" judge and radio host each made $95 million between June, 2012, and June, 2013. Ironically (or maybe not really), Stern is a judge on Cowell's popular series "America's Got Talent." They are definitely sharing the wealth.

Cowell has been making headlines recently for having a fling with a married woman, who wound up getting pregnant. Oh, and she happens to be the estranged wife of his friend Andrew Silverman. Oops!

Conservative talk show host...

Simon Cowell & Howard Stern Top Forbes' List Of Highest Paid TV Personalities

8/9/2013 1:00pm EDT
Howard Stern
Simon Cowell and Howard Stern have tied for the top spot on Forbes Magazine's new list of the highest paid TV personalities in America.
The record label boss and TV talent show mogul made $95 million between June, 2012 and June, 2013, making him the joint number one earner on Forbes' list along with Stern, who works on Cowell's popular series America's Got Talent.
The pair's estimated earnings landed them tied in first place, ahead of conservative talk show host Glenn Beck with $90 million, Oprah Winfrey with $77 million, and her protege Dr. Phil McGraw with $72 million.
Donald Trump,...

A.M. Roundup: Jump The Shark Week, 'Jeopardy' Loser Would've Lost Anyway, Simon Cowell Dumped Lauren Silverman

8/6/2013 10:36am EDT
Shark Week
A Connecticut teenager is angry over losing on Jeopardy last week after misspelling the answer to the game show's "Final Jeopardy" question. The 8th grader got the question right, but he added an extra "t" to the spelling of "emancipation" and host Alex Trebek ruled against him for the misspelling. Now the teen feels "cheated" and embarassed. Even if he got it right he had no chance of winning as the leader that day landed a $66,000 payday and a new Kids Week record. (story)

Has the Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" jumped the shark? Viewers were upset Sunday night when the cable network ki...

Andrew Silverman Fighting For Custody After Seeing Photos Of Wife With Simon Cowell

8/3/2013 6:07pm EDT
Simon Cowell
Sources say Andrew Silverman, one-time friend of Simon Cowell, is aggressively seeking full custody of his son after seeing his estranged wife’s behavior firsthand.

TMZ reports that Silverman found out about his wife Lauren’s affair back in Spring – and then was shocked to see a photo yesterday on TMZ showing Simon and Lauren making out… on HIS boat back in August!

The site says Andrew isn’t worried about money due to a prenup, and is instead fighting for sole custody of his 7-year-old son – and figures Lauren will get plenty of cash from Simon anyway. Sources say Andrew will bring up Lau...

Simon Cowell Quiet On Lauren Silverman Affair And Pregnancy: 'There Are A Lot Of People's Feelings Involved'

8/2/2013 7:03pm EDT
Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell made a brief comment during a press conference on Thursday to promote the forthoming season of The X Factor, playing dumb at first but then briefly opening up for a non-comment that all but confirmed the recent news that he had an affair with pal Andrew Silverman's wife Lauren and got her pregnant.

"I haven't read the newspapers. Am I missing something?" he replied to one reporter, who asked him how he feels about becoming a father.

"I appreciate the question," he said. "Unfortunately I have to keep this, for the moment, private. It's just one of those things."

"There are a ...

A.M. Roundup: Megan Fox Pregnant With 2nd Child, Simon Cowell Named In Divorce Papers, Jennifer Aniston's Not A Nudist

8/2/2013 10:10am EDT
Megan Fox
Simon Cowell is expecting a baby with the wife of his best friend, but reports that his baby mama, Lauren Silverman, and her husband Andrew had been separated for some time and are in the midst of a divorce have been greatly exaggerated. As it turns out, Silverman's husband only recently filed for divorce, citing adultery as the reason to end the marriage and also naming Cowell in the papers. Simon's camp initially denied (very strongly) rumors that he and Silverman were in the midst of an affair back in May, around the time when he allegedly got her pregnant. (story)

Megan Fox is expectin...

Simon Cowell Named In Divorce Filing After Getting Lauren Silverman Pregnant

8/1/2013 4:58pm EDT
Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell has kept quiet about reports that he got pal Andrew Silverman's wife Lauren pregnant about 10 weeks ago, dodging questions and refusing to comment on the allegations following Wednesday night's taping of The X Factor.

But there's more to this story than previously believed.

The Silvermans are still technically married, but according to Us Weekly, which broke the pregnancy story, the two "have been unhappy in their marriage for some time and their divorce has been in the works for a while."

"As their marriage deteriorated, she and Simon became close," a source told the magazi...

A.M. Roundup: Selena Gomez Lands First #1, Randy Travis To Spend Months In Rehab, Cowell To Be First-Time Dad

8/1/2013 10:04am EDT
Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez got a nice 21st birthday present on Wednesday when her debut solo album "Stars Dance" topped the Billboard 200 chart. The album is her first number-one ever and knocked Jay-Z's (*ahem* -- insanely overrated -- *ahem*) "Magna Carta... Holy Grail" from the top spot. We have a feeling Selena's glory will only last about a week as some guy named Robin Thicke just released his new album this week and it only features the summer's biggest hit, which topped the singles chart for like, the millionth week in a row. (story)

Country singer Randy Travis was discharged from the Plano, Texa...

Simon Cowell Reportedly Expecting First Child With Best Friend's Wife

7/31/2013 8:01pm EDT
Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman
Simon Cowell is reportedly expecting his first child. Numerous sources claim that the music mogul, 53, has gotten New York socialite Lauren Silverman, 36, pregnant after a year of dating.

Lauren is still technically married to Cowell's real estate mogul pal Andrew Silverman, but Us Magazine reports that the two have been separated for a lengthy amount of time.

"Lauren and Andrew have been unhappy in their marriage for some time," a source told the magazine, "and their divorce has been in the works for a while.

"As their marriage deteriorated, she and Simon became close."

Cowell, who has...

Review: Emblem3 Has ‘Nothing To Lose’

7/30/2013 10:30am EDT
Emblem3: Nothing To Lose
Emblem3 truly have ‘nothing to lose’ but do they ‘gain enough’ to become commercially successful?

Just as the album title suggests, former X Factor trio Emblem3 have nothing to lose. And I do mean nada. Why? Well, the former contestants from the show have been unsuccessful in establishing a commercial presence.  That goes for all of them – Tate Stevens, Marcus Canty, Rachel Crow, Josh Krajcik and Melanie Amaro.  To their credit  (or maybe better yet to Simon Cowell’s credit), Emblem3 seem to have more ‘commercial’ firepower than the aforementioned.  That said, that doesn’t make Nothing to ...

10 Celebs We Love to Hate

7/9/2013 11:00am EDT
Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Admit it, you love reading about celebrities, whether they’re A-list actors in amazing films, or certified down-on-their-luck D-listers. And often, they don’t even have to do anything particularly special to earn a little bit of hate from the public. Why love a celebrity who is legitimately talented and a nice person (Tom Hanks?), or hate someone who has done terrible things throughout their career (cough. Chris Brown). No – it’s so much more fun to combine the two. Read up on the celebrities you know you just love to hate.


Kim, Khloe and Kourtney stormed into our lives ...

Simon Cowell Pelted With Eggs On 'Britain’s Got Talent'

6/9/2013 12:35pm EDT
Simon Cowell
On Saturday night, Simon Cowell was pelted with eggs by a failed wannabe during the live final of Britain's Got Talent

The music mogul was seated with his fellow judges Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden watching a performance by opera-singing siblings Richard and Adam Johnson when a lone girl stormed the stage with a box of eggs and began hurling them at a stunned Cowell.

One of the missiles hit its target, leaving Cowell with egg running down his jacket as security ushered the woman off the stage.

It has emerged the girl behind the stunt is Natalie Holt, who was playing v...

Kids' Choice Awards Highlights: Slimings, Kristen Stewart, Winners, Fashion & More!

3/24/2013 7:58am EDT
2013 Kids Choice Awards
Kristen Stewart and One Direction dominated Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday night, landing two top awards each. The winners received special orange blimps as trophies.
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" star won Favorite Movie Actress, and she also picked up the Favorite Female Buttkicker award for "Snow White and the Huntsman." The 22-year-old was inadvertently covered in green goo after hugging award presenters Sandra Bullock and Neil Patrick Harris, who had been slimed.

U.K. boy band One Direction was unable to attend the ceremony because they were performing a ...

Simon Cowell To Launch Online Talent Contest With YouTube

3/1/2013 9:22am EST
Simon Cowell
Music mogul Simon Cowell is teaming up with bosses at to launch a global online talent contest.

The X Factor creator has spent years searching for the next big music star as a judge on TV shows American Idol and Britain's Got Talent, and now he's turning to the Internet to find skilled professionals who have yet to be discovered.

Cowell's new project, The You Generation, will launch next month, and allow everyone from magicians to chefs to upload videos of their talent on a specific YouTube channel, where members of the public and chiefs at his production company, Syco Enter...

Carmen Electra Silences Simon Cowell Dating Rumors

1/14/2013 3:30pm EST
Carmen Electra
Carmen Electra has spoken out to finally silence rumors linking her to Simon Cowell, insisting she is just "good friends" with the TV mogul.

The X Factor boss worked with Electra when she joined his show "Britain's Got Talent" last year as a temporary guest judge and they have since been spotted on numerous outings together.

Cowell fuelled the rumors last month when he called her "adorable" and revealed they are "people who date," but the model/actress is adamant they are nothing more than friends.

When quizzed about her rumored romance with Cowell at the Golden Globe Awards in Los An...

Simon Cowell Confirms He's Dating Carmen Electra

12/20/2012 9:35am EST
Simon Cowell
Music mogul Simon Cowell has confirmed he is dating Carmen Electra following months of speculation about their relationship.

The X Factor boss has been spotted on numerous outings with the glamorous actress/model since September and Electra has made no secret of her affection for Cowell, telling Access Hollywood last month, "We worked together on Britain's Got Talent... I really like him. I think he's really cool. Now, obviously he's in town (Los Angeles) with The X Factor and we've started to hang out and we've become friends. I think he's a great guy."

Cowell has now opened up about t...

Juvenile Arrested For 911 'Swatting' Calls Involving Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher & More Celebs

12/19/2012 9:24am EST
Justin Bieber
Los Angeles police have arrested a youth in connection with false emergency calls made about homes belonging to Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher. Last week detectives made a breakthrough in the investigation when they managed to track down the suspected perpetrator.

Police issued the following statement: "On December 10, 2012, Hollywood Detectives arrested a juvenile from the Southern California region for the Ashton Kutcher swatting incident, as well as a similar swatting incident that took place at the home of Justin Bieber. Other swatting incidents involving this individual have been id...

Simon Cowell Considers Chris Brown & Rihanna To Fill 'X Factor' Slot

12/15/2012 9:16am EST
Chris Brown
Simon Cowell is seeking a replacement for L.A. Reid on "The X Factor," and Rihanna and her on/again, off/again boyfriend Chris Brown are reportedly at the top of the list.

According to, a source explained, "Simon is a huge admirer of Rihanna and knows she's star quality. As well as bringing an aura to the panel thanks to her current standing in music, she is also feisty and will make great TV. Simon loves these sort of characters."

Rihanna broke up with Brown in 2009 after the hip hop star beat her up the night before the Grammy Awards. He performed community service and co...

Simon Cowell Teaming Up With For Technology Talent Search

9/30/2012 6:15pm EDT
Music mogul Simon Cowell is joining forces with his TV rival to find the world's next technology giant.

The two stars faced off in a ratings war earlier this year, when Cowell's British version of The X Factor went head-to-head with the U.K.'s The Voice, which features as a judge.

However, the pair is now putting the rivalry behind them in a bid to discover the next technology genius, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.

The Black Eyed Peas hitmaker tells the publication, "We're working on a project called X Factor for Tech - and it's going to be out of this worl...

Simon Cowell Defends Hiring Psychic To 'Heal' His Home

9/29/2012 5:00pm EDT
Simon Cowell
Sometimes celebrities do strange things, and Simon Cowell is one of them. The "X Factor" judge recently hired a psychic to "heal" his Los Angeles mansion.

Fans were stunned to learn Cowell employed a healer to purify his luxurious California home in order to get rid of any negative energy hanging around it.

The TV mogul explained his strange decision on Twitter: "I have to say the house healer did a great job. I did it because if you believe something can make you feel happier then try it.

"I wasn't trying to get rid of bad things but I believe your home should be peaceful. And two peopl...

Simon Cowell Gives Praise To Demi Lovato

9/13/2012 3:50pm EDT
Demi Lovato
Simon Cowell has praised actress/singer Demi Lovato for turning her life around after her stint in rehab.

The former child star checked into a clinic in 2010 to treat issues including bipolar disorder, self-harming and an eating disorder.

Earlier this year she began her new role as a judge on the U.S. version of Cowell's hit TV show The X Factor, and the media mogul has revealed he specifically targeted Lovato because of her 'Disney star gone bad' background.

He tells, "I like the fact, with Demi, that she was this sort of Disney product who went bad, and knows that sh...

'The X Factor' Is Back And Improved With Britney And Demi

9/13/2012 10:04am EDT
The number one show on both Wednesday and Thursday night last fall is back!

What’s that? You think I’m talking about something other than ‘The X Factor’? Well, you would be wrong. Despite all the negative press, the ratings catastrophe talk, and the presence (or utter non-presence) of Steve Jones, this show was the biggest hit of the fall.

So what did they do? They blew it up, of course! Gone is the aforementioned Jones as well as fun vacuum Nicole Scherzinger and pill vacuum Paula Abdul and here comes Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.

I think everyone was ready for the inevitable Britney ...

Simon Cowell Didn't Want Mariah Carey On 'The X Factor'

9/12/2012 7:00pm EDT
Simon Cowell
Mariah Carey makes her anticipated debut on "American Idol" this winter, but she originally approached Simon Cowell about joining him on the judging panel of "The X Factor."

Apparently, Cowell didn't want her on board. Instead, he advised she join the rival singing competition.


Cowell explained to In Touch magazine, "Mariah called me about X Factor and I met with her, but my main concern was that she might have found it harder on X Factor than on American Idol.

"Idol is a more gentle show and Mariah is not someone who wants to say 'no' to people... I think she'll have an easier ti...