BY BECCA LONGMIRE ON FEBRUARY 12, 2014
Media mogul said that there's a ridiculous amount of talent show competition stateside
Simon Cowell's return to the UK X Factor was confirmed last week and the media mogul has now spoken out about the end of X Factor USA, saying that the competition stateside when it comes down to talent TV shows is "a joke."
Cowell also said that the US show has been pulled because bosses wanted him to appear on the show as a judge, which he couldn't do because of the UK version.
"I don't know why any TV show wants to compete in America right now," he told Bang Showbiz. "There's going to be something like 14 talent shows on American TV, I've got one of them (America's Got Talent) but it's become like a joke."
Viewing figures for the UK X Factor may not have been great over the past couple of years, but Cowell has insisted that he's going to try and get things back to how they were previously.
"X Factor UK is like my baby and I've always loved doing the show," Simon continued, adding: "And I want to go back to where we left off in 2010."
Cowell spoke out about X Factor USA and UK at the BGT press launch (WENN)
The 54-year-old also spoke to EntertainmentWise at yesterday's Britain's Got Talent press launch, speaking out about Chris O'Dowd's recent comments about the viewers of The X Factor being racist.
"I'm a big X Factor fan," Chris had told Radio Times. "Generally my favourites go out in the first few weeks and, of course, because the viewing public is so racist, all the black, strong singers go out in round five every year."
Responding, Cowell told us: "We are the least racist show you could possibly find in the world. So not only is he ignorant, it's actually insulting to hear him say that. And it's insulting to our audience.
"Alexandra Burke, JLS, Leona Lewis... it's ridiculous."