Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson on American Idol Cancelation: The End of a Great Era!

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Well-known for his sharp tongue and harsh criticism, Simon Cowell surprised American Idols fans with something nice to say. We know. Whoa.

After Fox announced on May 11 that American Idol is canceled, Simon, 55, tweeted fond sentiments about his experience as a judge on the show.

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He tweeted, “Looking back at my time on American Idol we had a great time. We found great artists. Had fun. And to America. Thank you. It was a blast." 

Cowell left the insanely popular show in 2010 at its peak (probably not coincidentally) to serve as a judge on The X Factor. 

The show was brought to the U.S. in 2012, one year after the U.K. version catapulted One Direction to fame.

On Idol, where he will best be remembered stateside, Simon shared the judges' table with Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul.

Of the three original judges, Jackson, 58, stayed on the show the longest. Not surprisingly, Jackson also responded to the cancelation of American Idol.

"One of greatest talent shows ever. Gave us all huge careers and birthed sooooo many stars of today. #idol," he tweeted.

He added, "Many have tried to imitate it but there will never be anything like #idol Thanks fans & talent Yall made it possible. Lets b bout the future." 

The show will have one more winner before its final curtain call.

American Idol launched singers to stardom over its 14 years on air, namely Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, and Chris Daughtry.

The 15th and final season will premiere January 2016.

It promises to "pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who tweeted, texted and championed their Idols.”

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