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Simon Cowell Will Not Return to 'American Idol' Reboot

Simon Cowell has officially broken his silence on the American Idol reboot that is heading to ABC.

The 57-year-old TV personality spoke with Extra and said that he has no plans of returning for the reboot set to premiere in 2018.

“I was asked to do it, and the answer is no,” Simon said.

Simon was one of the original judges alongside Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson when the show first premiere in 2002.

“I have no interest,” Simon said. “My memories are when we first started. It was a different time with Randy, Ryan [Seacrest] and Paula. You can’t recreate that.”

Simon is now currently a judge on America’s Got Talent.

“Last time I watched [Idol], it was not the same show, just the same name. I left for a reason and I never regretted that.”

Is Kelly Clarkson Returning to 'American Idol' As a Judge? Sources Say...

Kelly Clarkson is reportedly totally down to become a judge on the American Idol reboot – and ABC wants her, too!

ABC has expressed “serious interest,” TMZ reports, and the 35-year-old entertainer has been trying to clear her schedule to account for filming. If you don’t remember, Kelly won the first season of American Idol!

The home base for American Idol‘s reboot is supposedly going to be at Disney World, making it easier and cheaper to film because the judges won’t be traveling from city to city like on the previous version. Ryan Seacrest is rumored to return to the show as well.

Stay tuned as we learn more information!

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'American Idol' Returning to TV, Revived By ABC!

American Idol has officially been revived and has a new home at ABC, it was announced today on Good Morning America.

American Idol is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon,” Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement (via Variety). “ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams.”

“ABC’s passion and enthusiasm make them a perfect home for American Idol,” Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia Group, added. “We are excited to be partnering with them to discover the next generation of talented artists. It’s an irresistible combination that means now is the ideal time to welcome back one of the most successful shows in the history of contemporary television.”

The show is reportedly being looked at for a March 2018 premiere on Sunday evenings. American Idol first debuted on Fox back in 2002 and ran for 15 seasons.

The host and judges for the new panel have yet to be determined, though Ryan Seacrest was recently given permission to host by Kelly Ripa!

'American Idol' Producer Nigel Lythgoe Says 'Too Soon' For Reboot

Former American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is speaking out about the show’s upcoming reboot.

The longtime producer of the reality series thinks it might be too soon to bring back the show, which has been off the air for a little over a year.

“They got their wish, but it feels a little too soon to bring it back,” he told Variety.

Nigel added that he still “loves the show,” but thinks that there should only be a revival “when there is public demand that it come back.”

While Nigel says hasn’t been contacted to return to the show, he added, “I’m delighted for them if they bring it back, and I’m looking forward to seeing it again. Hopefully they find some new angles for Idol.”

Kelly Ripa Tells Ryan Seacrest He Has to Host 'Idol' Reboot

Now that the American Idol reboot is set to land at ABC, the chances of Ryan Seacrest returning as host seem even greater as he is already working for the network!

Ryan just started his gig as the co-host of Live! with Kelly and Ryan and Kelly Ripa is already campaigning for him to return to Idol.

“I think this has to happen,” Kelly said on Monday morning (May 8). “I went into seclusion when American Idol was canceled. Are you going to host it? Please tell me yes.”

“Whatever you want. You’re my work wife! I say yes and bow to you,” Ryan responded. “No, I don’t know about that part yet. We haven’t gotten that far. This was news to me last week. I had said at the end of the series, ‘Goodbye for now’ — hoping somewhere it would come back.”

“I have to tell you, typically I only save prayers for world peace or people who are very sick and stuff like that, but I am gonna start a prayer circle. I was, like, your original fan,” Kelly jokingly added. “I know that you’re busy in the mornings, I get it. I understand its hard doing double duty — you’ve got the radio show, you’ve got this. But your nights are free you don’t have that much to do. You can do this!” she exclaimed. “You can disconnect for that! On the days where it is the day after, I will totally …you won’t even have to think, I will do it all!”

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