Simon Cowell Says Farewell To 'Idol'

Simon Cowell took center stage on Wednesday in his last appearance as a judge on American Idol. Cowell will appear next on the Fox Show The X Factor, which he will produce and judge.

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Now Dickinson, in one of her most famous lines, wrote: Tell all the truth, but tell it slant. If she was urging people to be gentle, well, one person who never got her message is "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell.

Here are some highlights of his harsher comments.

Mr. SIMON COWELL (Judge, "American Idol"): You are the worst singer in America.

What was that? Terrible.

That was a copycat performance, not good enough. And you will not win the show.

GREENE: For the last nine years, Simon Cowell has built his reputation on, shall we say, honesty, often scathing critiques, but also an ability to pick out and give choice praise to the true stars.

Last night was his final show on "American Idol."

(Soundbite of applause)

Mr. COWELL: I didn't think I was going to be this emotional. But, you know, the show goes forward. It will be different. But I just want to thank you very much, indeed. It's been a blast. Thank you.

(Soundbite of cheering and applause)

GREENE: No one has been named yet to replace Cowell's judge's seat on "Idol." His next gig is on a new Fox show called "The X-Factor" - it's an American version of his British talent show.

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