Simon Cowell: Rich, Remaining on American Idol

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There was no way Fox was gonna lose two American Idol judges in one week.

With just a year left on his contract, Simon Cowell is reportedly on the verge of signing a new, three-year deal with the top-rated show on television. It would be worth $45 million.

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While Fox has no comment at this time, Robert Sillerman - the CEO of CXX, the parent company of 19 Entertainment - went on record today, saying:

"We've heard from Fox, who has asked us for approval for Simon Cowell to appear for three more years on Idol. They, in their negotiations with Cowell, have asked us to pre-approve him not only for American Idol '09, which has begun taping, but they have also asked us for approval for '10 and '11, indicating to us that they're finishing their negotiation with Cowell. We did grant approval for that quite obviously."

Reportedly, Paula Abdul was offered around $8 million/year. Think the pay discrepancy between her and Simon is fair?

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I enjoy the flirting between Paula & Simon---they keep American Idol interesting---Opposites attract -- who is going to keep Simon excited? I would love to see him in a tux instead of that white t-shirt.

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crazy...
it would surely be NOT THE SAME WITHOUT PAULA...
now i see why she decided to leave...

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Simon has stated in the past that he wouldn't do the show without Paula and Randy. Has he gone back on his word?

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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