Simon Cowell has been making waves for the other show he judges, “Britain’s Got Talent,” but is he headed to the American version of the show?
“No, no,” he told Billy Bush in a sit-down interview for Access Hollywood.
“You’ve taken ‘Idol’ to heights never before seen. Why wouldn’t you, now that it’s here, go to the show that you own, ‘America’s Got Talent,’ be a judge on there, and make history twice?” Bush asked.
“That’s a good way of starting (the interview),” Cowell laughed. “It’s not quite as simple as that.”
But would he like to?
“I don’t know if I’d like to,” Cowell said. “I like being on ‘Idol.’ I’ve had a good time. I like producing ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and I am on the British version and another show (the U.K.’s ‘X-Factor’) on top of that, so it’s quite nice to have variety really.”
Cowell is front and center on “Idol,” but this season we’ve heard a bit less of him with the addition of an extra judge, Kara DioGuardi.
When asked about the faces he’s made on “Idol” during the lone week they attempted to let two judges comment at a time, Cowell laughed.
“I loved it,” he said. “It shows them what they’re missing.”
But while he’s having a good time, is his “Idol” time up, with his contract ending after one more year?
“My gut feeling is that I probably will do a new show after ‘Idol,’ but you know, we haven’t fallen out,” Cowell said.
“Wouldn’t you feel bad taking even more money from (the show)?” Bush asked laughing?
“I’ve done very well,” Cowell smiled. “I’m not complaining, Billy.”
It’s hard to imagine an “Idol” world without Cowell, but his 5-year contract expires next year. Maybe that would leave time for the ladies.
“Are you a single man? Any dating? There must be tons of action for Simon?” Bush asked.
“I love that, ‘Tons of action,’” Cowell laughed. “I don’t have enough time to go out. I quite like being single.
“Do you ever want to be a father?” Bush asked.
“I feel like I’m a father to all the contestants,” Cowell replied with a chuckle.