Simon Cowell didn't want to be there for Susan Boyle, he tells Oprah
Those who've seen the picture above of Simon Cowell seemingly captivated during Susan Boyle's Internet-stopping "Britain's Got Talent" audition should know there's some cranky-Brit back story.
"When I watched the clip back, I actually hated myself. We're all sneering; we're not listening," he said. "I didn't like what I saw. It was a wake-up call, and I was happy she made us look stupid, because we deserved it."
And yes, he says, boredom is one factor in his decision to leave "American Idol," he says. Big problem: He can't hide it when he's bored, and the audience "deserves more than that." He's also excited about the U.S. version of "X Factor" in part because there's no upper age limit -- a notion that should intrigue many Ministry commenters.
Especially the "Glee" fans.
— Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: "With childlike enthusiasm and wonderment, Simon Cowell listens to a surprise talent, Susan Boyle, on the ITV show, Britain's Got Talent." At least that's how this picture is billed by the folks who provided it. Credit: ITV.