Is Simon Cowell Leaving 'American Idol'?

Rumors that Simon Cowell is very close to being done with American Idol are ringing truer today.

The sharp-tongued judge's brother, Tony, announced this week on his podcast, The Cowell Factor, that Cowell has one foot out the Idol door.

"A press statement is being prepared which will confirm what everybody expected: Simon will leave Idol at the end of 2010 to concentrate on bringing the American version of X Factor to U.S. TV in 2011," Tony blabbed.

The ratings juggernaut, which debuted on Fox in June 2002, let Paula Abdul go at the end of last season, but there has been no official word from producers or from Cowell himself. This isn't the first we've heard about Cowell jumping ship. Last week, the Times of London reported that the caustic Brit had been in talks with Fox about the possibility of leaving after the 2010 season.

Season 9 of American Idol premieres on Fox on Jan. 12.

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