“I think it’s about the same. I’m like that with my friends: do well, just don’t do that well,” Cowell said.
He had kind words for former fellow judge Paula Abdul. “She as a judge, I still say this, is one of the best judges I’ve ever worked with because she’s actually incredibly passionate about music and actually she’s got good taste, believe it or not. I love her, I miss her,” he said. (There’s a compliment in there somewhere.)
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Cowell also took a small jab at new judge Steven Tyler, by way of quoting his 86-year-old mother.
“I think she forgot I wasn’t on the show this year,” he said, saying she called after watching.
Cowell said his mom said: “Tell Jennifer, the new girl, that I like her. Give my love to Randy and – true story – tell Paula she looks a bit tired.”
He also discussed go kart racing, his new fall show “The X Factor” and his 1990s appearance on a British game show.
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