PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Simon Cowell “I’d like to say on behalf of us, thank you America for inviting us into your homes.
Thank you to the contestants, to Fox for actually putting us on air, to you guys for actually being my best friends now, and I am going to miss you,” Simon said during the appearance.
“She was very gracious, and I said that to her.” And how is Nicole handling the slight?
How else would they have been able to get through eight years of Randy screaming, "Dog!
" and Ryan's face getting tanner and tanner while his jokes get more and more awkward?
series finale on Thursday (April 7) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
The 56-year-old former judge stepped out to reunite the original panel with Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
‘s first season ratings didn’t live up to Simon Cowell‘s, 52, high expectations, leaving Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger out in the cold.
“It’s only because I opened my big mouth and said we were going to get 20 million [viewers],” Simon told Extra about the changes. “I would’ve liked to have kept [Paula],” Simon said.
has been the highest rated show on TV since its debut eight seasons ago, and ever since, the show's most talked about judges, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, have had some sort of "relationship." They have bickered like an old married couple, laughed together, pinched each other, kissed one another, teased, prodded, fought and finally loved each other.8 Romantic American Idol Performances Some of their antics can seem "made for TV," like a clip of them on a romantic date shown in season three, or the props the pair had hidden this season to provoke laughs from the audience (often distracting away from the contestants).
While many music stars have been born on the AI stage, (Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, David Cook) most contestants, including some winners, have achieved fame but not a lot of tangible music success.
Throughout astounding eight-season run, the only consistent stars of the show have been judges Simon, Paula, Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest (new judge Kara Dioguardi needs more than one season to prove herself), with Cowell and Abdul providing the most headlines.
is reporting that Simon's latest interview with (on stands April 30) includes a declaration his true feelings for the former pop star."Paula's frustrating, she's annoying and I can't understand half of what she's talking about but there's incredible comfort between us.