Simon Cowell has announced that he will be leaving “American Idol” at the end of season 9, which will start this Tuesday.Â TheTelevision Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CaliforniaÂ announcedÂ this on Monday.
Simon’s popular U.K . talent show “The X Factor“, will be coming to the United States in the fall of 2011.
“I want to leave ‘Idol’ this year bigger and better than it was in the past.”
Simon will beÂ both executive producer and judge on “The X Factor.”
His reason for leaving? He told reporters this:
“I wanted to do something different. I wanted a new challenge.”