Simon Cowell On His Nastiness: ‘I Hated Watching Myself’

05/20/2008 at 12:00 AM EDT

Simon Cowell On His Nastiness: ‘I Hated Watching Myself’
Simon Cowell didn't seem so nasty when he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday.

After viewing a reel of his harshest critiques from this season's American Idol -- among his greatest hits were, "You sounded like Dolly Parton on helium" and "It was a bit like ordering a hamburger and only getting a bun", the sometimes nasty judge told Ellen DeGeneres, "That was like slightly, harshly edited there," but conceded, "I must admit watching myself back I hated myself."

Although DeGeneres said she usually agrees with him, she feels Cowell can go "too far." To his own defense, he said, "This is just the way the music business is. When you're performing in front of 25 to 30 million and you're not making the effort to make your self into a star I don't think you're doing yourself any favors so that's why I said it."

But the two TV personalities did agree on one thing: rocker David Cook will take the Idol crown. "I'm gonna call it for David Cook," Cowell said. --Janet Murphy

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