Simon Cowell is leaving "American Idol" after this season, the Associated Press confirmed today.
Cowell will pursue a U.S. version of "The X Factor," a show he helped skyrocket to popularity in Britain. "The X Factor" will feature Cowell and will be included in Fox's lineup next year, reports say.
Cowell made the announcement in Pasadena at a meeting of the Television Critics Association.
The ninth season of "American Idol" premieres Tuesday on Fox.
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