Is Simon Cowell leaving American Idol?

It's tough being Simon Cowell… no, really it is. Aside from being one of the most powerful people in television, swimming through his cash like Scrooge McDuck, and fending off females, there's simply little time for everything else in life.

We're joking of course, Simon is one of the hardest working people in the business. And now it seems as though his busy schedule is catching up with him. Why else would he even consider leaving his cushy post as the most famous of American Idol's judges?

To Americans, Cowell is simply known as the Brit who comes on American Idol to rip apart contestants, but he's also a judge on two shows in his native UK and has several television producing credits to his name.

"Most people do one show a year and I do three and they involve a lot of travelling," Cowell told the UK's Mirror. "One may have to go. I don't know which one. That is the problem, I like all of them. I can't imagine not doing Britain's Got Talent and I can't imagine not doing X Factor. But I guess [American Idol] is more likely to go because I have got one year under contract. Maybe that will be the end."

In response to the interview, Cowell reiterated to The Los Angeles Times that "at some point, a decision has to be made. Right now, the only certainty is that I'm still on Idol, still love doing it and still have a year under contract. So, while I'm looking at all options for the future, I haven't made any decisions."

It seems as though American Idol would lose much of its luster without Simon. Would you still watch if Simon left?

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