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Simon Cowell Declines Judging Role For ‘American Idol’ Reboot

Simon Cowell declined an offer to come back for the American Idol reboot – we aren’t surprised, Jodi’s just a little sad about it.

(Jodi explains at 30:13)


American Idol may be coming back for another season, but it will have to make do without one of its original judges.

Simon Cowell, who exited the show in 2010, told Extra on Thursday that he will not be returning for the upcoming ABC reboot in 2018.

“I was asked to do it, and the answer is no,” Cowell revealed.

“I have no interest,” the 57-year-old added. “My memories are when we first started. It was a different time with Randy [Jackson], Ryan [Seacrest] and Paula [Abdul]. You can’t recreate that.”

Cowell, who is now on America’s Got Talent, admitted, “Last time I watched, it was not the same show, just the same name. I left for a reason and I never regretted that.”

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