Simon Cowell sat down with former girlfriend, and Extra host Terri Seymour to discuss all of the rumors surrounding the X-Factor including the very shocking firings that recently occurred. Interestingly enough he blamed himself for opening his big mouth on how huge the X-Factor was going to be and when it didn't live up to expectations, there had to be a shake up:
"It's only because I opened my big mouth and said we were going to get 20 million [viewers]. If I hadn't said that, everybody would be saying the show was a huge success."
He admits that he discussed the firings with the FOX executives at the beginning of the year and reacts to Paula being fired:
"I would've liked to have kept her. She was very gracious and I said that to her. She understands it's business; it's never personal."
As for that Beyonce rumor that she is joining the X-Factor for $100 million, you can forget it. The show's entire budget is $100 million:
"No. I have no idea where this rumor came from. I read it online that I offered her $100 million a year. It's complete nonsense."
Although Simon refuses to discuss who is on the list for season 2 of the show, Terri did throw some names out there to gage his reaction: Madonna, Elton John, Mariah Carey and Katy Perry. Watch the video and see his take on those celebs.