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Simon Cowell Pays Tribute to American Idol: 'We Had a Blast'

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Simon Cowell Pays Tribute to American Idol: 'We Had a Blast'

Originally posted 05/11/2015 07:30PM

Simon Cowell has paid tribute to American Idol, revealing he and his costars had a "blast" on the talent show juggernaut.

The 55-year-old Brit, whose acid-tongued barbs made him a superstar in the States, spoke out Monday after Fox revealed the show would end after 15 seasons.

And Cowell fondly remembered the show – recalling the "great times" he spent on and off air with his costars Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest and first-year cohost Brian Dunkleman.

He tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement: "We had a blast! Me, Paula, Randy, Ryan – and not forgetting Brian. Thanks to the fans we were able to make some great shows and found some amazing artists. Fox took a risk on a brand new show and I want to thank them for giving us the opportunity. They really were great times.”

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Are Simon, Paula and Randy Returning for American Idol's Final Season?

Are Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson Returning for American Idol's Final Season?

Originally posted 05/11/2015 03:00PM

After several years spent as Fox's most successful series, American Idol experienced a steep decline in viewership in recent years that, finally, has led to its cancellation.

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Inside Simon Cowell and Howard Stern's Feud – and What Ended It

Inside Simon Cowell and Howard Stern's Feud – and What Ended It

Originally posted 05/01/2015 06:40PM

What feud?

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Smooth Move! Simon Cowell Sweeps Katie Couric Off Her Feet with Dapper Dip on the Red Carpet

Simon Cowell Dips Katie Couric on the Red Carpet (PHOTO)

Originally posted 04/28/2015 09:25AM

The usually serious Simon Cowell showed his playful side on Monday as he posed with Katie Couric.

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One Direction's Louis Tomlinson Starting His Own Record Label

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson Starting His Own Record Label

Originally posted 04/17/2015 09:00PM

Zayn Malik may have left One Direction for a solo career but his former bandmate Louis Tomlinson is branching out in the music business in the different way.

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Simon Cowell Wanted to 'Jump Off a Cliff' When Zayn Malik Left One Direction (VIDEO)

Originally posted 04/17/2015 07:35AM

One Directioners of the world: How are you?

It's been a little while since Zayn Malik left everyone's favorite post-aughts boy band. Has the pain lessened at all? No? Well, you're not alone.

Simon Cowell visited The Late Late Show Thursday, and explained to James Corden that he felt like he was "about to jump off a cliff" when he found out Malik was leaving the group that he helped put together. Same, Simon. Same.

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It's Official: Zayn Malik Has Quit One Direction

Zayn Malik Quits One Direction

Originally posted 03/25/2015 01:15PM

After five years as part of a legitimate musical phenomenon, Zayn Malik has officially left One Direction.

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Simon Cowell: Plane Passenger Was 'Grumpy' Over Sitting Near My Son

Simon Cowell: Plane Passenger Was 'Grumpy' Over Sitting Near My Son

Originally posted 03/20/2015 02:25PM

"He asked to be moved. Complained to the staff. And there was a lot of sighing and tutting," he writes

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X Factor New Zealand Names New Judges After Dramatic Firing of Old Ones

X Factor New Zealand Names New Judges After Dramatic Firing of Old Ones

Originally posted 03/20/2015 12:15PM

X Factor New Zealand has named two new judges, and is hoping they won't be quite as razor-tongued as the old ones.

Stepping up to the judges' table are Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Shelton Woolright, Billboard reports.

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Kelly Clarkson Admits She Dated Justin Guarini, Talks 'Pitchy Stripper' Comment (VIDEO)

Originally posted 03/06/2015 10:55AM

All of our 2002 dreams are coming true!

Kelly Clarkson has admitted that she and fellow American Idol finalist Justin Guarini used to date.

In a segment of "Plead the Fifth" on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, the "Heartbeat" singer was asked to confirm whether she and Guarini really had a fling, as he claimed in his one-man show Lovesick.

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