Simon Cowell to quit X Factor for America

The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent judge says he's leaving to break the States

Simon Cowell says he’s planning to quit as a judge on The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent so he can build his empire in America.

It’s not the first time the music mogul has made noise about resigning from his shows, but it appears this time he’s serious.

Cowell, 50, says he wants to concentrate on the US version of X Factor and says the UK version will have to move filming dates if they want him back on the panel.

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‘At the moment you are going to see me doing one show next year – and not one in England,’ he told The Sun. ‘I have a contract for this year and that is it.’

The pop svengali has already quit the hit US show American Idol to focus on X Factor in the States, but now it seems he’s turning his back on his UK successes too.

‘It will have to move. Do people want it back?’ he says.

‘I am going to sit it out for a few more weeks before I make a final decision. And it has to be fun. The minute it stops being fun, bye bye.’

Cowell admits the Britain’s Got Talent panel is facing a total revamp too, as he debates whether to quit that show.

Fellow judge Piers Morgan is due to replace US chat host Larry King, while Amanda Holden is networking furiously in the States too in a bid to break America.

Cowell is also planning to set up a multi-million pound entertainment network with Topshop boss Sir Philip Green and has previously said he wants to leave all his TV shows to concentrate on managing artists.

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