"American Idol will have to go own without me", says Cowell

May 23, 2007 by dino

Simon Cowell
Over the years, the smash hit reality TV show ‘American Idol’ has built itself around Simon Cowell as much as it has the ‘Idol’ hopefuls. Now the often acerbic judge has said the show will have to go on without him as he prepares to leave the show when his contract expires in three years.

Cowell told Extra “I’ll have done 10 series and your times up. It’s time then to do something new. I think it’s time to bring in new people… Ten years is a long timeâ€Â

Known for his blunt criticism of contestants, Cowell has tamed his tirades over the past few seasons and this season he has opted to go with silence on occasion when he wants to display utter disapproval.

Idol wraps up its sixth season this evening as Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis battle it out for the title.