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Simon Cowell Teases ‘Idol’ Reunion on Kelly Clarkson’s Talk Show

Is an <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/shows/american-idol/">American Idol</a> reunion around the corner? <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/simon-cowell/">Simon Cowell</a> revealed that the show’s original judges have discussed <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/simon-cowell-has-emotional-idol-reunion-with-paula-randy-w201961/">the possibility of coming back together</a> for <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/kelly-clarkson/">Kelly Clarkson</a>’s upcoming talk show. <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/pictures/american-idol-winners-2013234/"> ‘American Idol’ Winners Through the Years </a> “We just talked about that earlier. With <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/paula-abdul/">Paula [Abdul]</a> and <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/randy-jackson/">Randy [Jackson]</a>. Yeah, the three of us,” Cowell, 59, told Us Weekly and other reporters at the <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/shows/americas-got-talent/">America’s Got Talent</a> live show red carpet on Tuesday, August 20. “Could be the three of us. The last time I saw Kelly, she came when I got that star last year. Yeah …  that meant a lot to me, you know, because, you know, she and I started the show.” American Idol first premiered on Fox in 2002 with Cowell, Abdul, 57, and Jackson, 63, <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/simon-cowell-has-no-interest-in-joining-american-idol-revival-w482027/">as the original judges</a>. The “Love So Soft” singer, whose talk show is expected to debut on September 9, shot to instant pop stardom after winning season 1 of the show. <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/pictures/costars-reunited-2013279/"> Costars Reunited! </a> Cowell’s son Eric, 5, and Clarkson’s kids River, 5, and Remington, 3, “haven’t met yet,” but he will bring Eric “down to the show when I do it.” He also praised the Grammy winner for how far she has come since appearing on American Idol. “Just seeing how she’s done as an artist. … Now how she’s progressed on TV — and not everyone’s like this, by the way,” he said of Clarkson on Tuesday. “I mean, she is the most loyal, nice person, I mean genuinely. You know, who she is on camera is who she is off-camera. But what’s great about Kelly is she’s always made her own decisions. She doesn’t need to be told what to do. She knows exactly what she’s doing. She’s a great person.” <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/pictures/stars-who-got-their-start-on-reality-tv-201398/"> Stars Who Got Their Start on Reality TV </a> The reality competition series aired for 15 seasons before wrapping in 2016 with <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/jennifer-lopez/">Jennifer Lopez</a>, <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/keith-urban/">Keith Urban</a>, and <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/harry-connick-jr/">Harry Connick, Jr.</a> as the A-list judging panel. However, it was revived on ABC in 2018 with <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/ryan-seacrest/">Ryan Seacrest</a> returning to host and <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/katy-perry/">Katy Perry</a>, <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/luke-bryan/">Luke Bryan</a> and <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/lionel-richie/">Lionel Richie</a> at the judge’s table. Cowell, who also served as a judge on The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, exited American Idol in 2010. He joined America’s Got Talent, which he created in 2006, as <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/howard-stern/">Howard Stern</a>’s replacement in 2016. Earlier this month, Cowell was asked about <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/simon-cowell-has-not-watched-american-idol-in-so-many-years/">rumors regarding Seacrest’s departure from the Idol franchise</a> at the America’s Got Talent live show red carpet. To this, he told Us and other reporters: “I have no idea. I haven’t seen the show in so many years, I honestly couldn’t tell you.” With reporting by Taylor Ferber
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