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Simon Cowell announced yesterday that this will be his last season on the FOX reality show “American Idol.” He is moving on to produce and judge a new U.S. version of the popular British talent competition “The X-Factor”.

Simon has been pitching the show to FOX since last October. The interesting kicker is that he wants Paula Abdul to join the show as a judge. The former AI combatants have been negotiating a contract that will put them side-by-side once again.

Newest “Idol” judge Ellen DeGeneres weighed in on Simon’s announcement, “He announced he was leaving on my first day. I’m trying not to take it personally. See her promo photo here.