FOX has picked up The X-Factor for production for American television. With the show set to premiere in the fall of 2011, Simon Cowell will consequently not continue in his role as judge on American Idol. Hmm, more money for Ryan Seacrest, I guess.
This news was officially announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena. Cowell informed press, “I’m confident Idol will continue to be the No. 1 show. I want to leave Idol this year bigger and better than it’s been before.”