Simon Cowell Will Not Return to American Idol

One of the original judges of American Idol, Simon Cowell, has put any speculation to rest:  he will not be back as a judge on the ABC reboot of Idol.

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

He feels that the original line up of judges can’t be recreated.

Simon is still a judge on America’s Got Talent, so that may have played a factor in his decision.

Cowell left Idol in 2010. He was known for his sharp tongue and blunt criticism of the contestants.

ABC announced this week that they bought the rights to American Idol and will bring it back to TV in March of 2018.

The network has still not confirmed whether Ryan Seacrest will return as the host.

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