"Simon's not going anywhere. He's not quitting and he won't retire next year, Daily Star quoted, his spokesman Max Clifford, as saying. "He's told me he'll go on and on and on. And so he should. The thing about Simon is, people want him on telly. Shows like X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and American Idol wouldn't work if he wasn't there. He is the centre of everything. He is the reason they're such a hit," he added.
Cowell was quoted last year saying: ?I am contracted for another two or three seasons in Britain. "By that point the public will be sick to death of me anyway and it will be time to go. There has to come a point when I'll step down from being on camera. You can't do this forever," he said.