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Simon Cowell Rips 'American Idol' Creator Over 'X Factor' Lawsuit

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 24th 2011 3:30PM
Simon CowellWhy is 'American Idol' creator Simon Fuller suing over 'The X Factor'? Simon Cowell, the man behind 'The X Factor,' is asking the same question.

Fuller filed a lawsuit against Fox and 'X Factor' producer Fremantle
claiming he is owed an executive producer credit and millions of dollars for the new Fox singing competition.

Cowell, who spent nine seasons judging 'American Idol,' told the Hollywood Reporter he's surprised Fuller is suing. Why? "Because you can't give someone an executive producer's title if they didn't executive produce the show."

"It's like me saying I want to be executive producer on 'The Voice' or 'Project Runway,'" Cowell said.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fuller's suit claims that as part of a settlement in a 2004 copyright infringement lawsuit, he is owed a large executive producer fee and credit for 'X Factor.'

"Fox and Fremantle made hundreds of millions of dollars thanks to the creative efforts of Fuller," the suit says. "Now, when it is time to finally perform on these unequivocal promises, Fox and Fremantle refuse to provide Fuller his executive producer credit for Defendants' new television show, 'The X Factor,' and refuse to pay Fuller and executive producer fee 'commesurate with his duties and stature in the entertainment industry.'"

However, Cowell said no such settlement deal was reached. "It's not part of our settlement agreement, it never was. So I was as surprised as anyone."

After Fuller filed the lawsuit, Fox released a statement similar to the comments Cowell is making now.

"Mr. Fuller has not been hired, nor performed any duties, on the U.S. version of 'The X Factor,'" the network said. "His suit seeks payment and credit as an executive producer despite his neither having been approved by the required parties, nor hired, as such. We believe this lawsuit is without merit, and we expect to prevail."

Meanwhile, Fuller's attorney claims that Fox breached the settlement agreement by not admitting they never approved Fuller as an executive producer, something they were obligated to do.

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I sort of felt that way about Idol "going out", because of Pia being voted out etc. BUT... first of all I think if they change the format a little more. Sort of like Am Got Talant, were the judges get to pick an act, the GREAT ones wouldn't get knocked off and discourage the audience. Having said that: This years winner Scotty, was not my pick at all, EXCEPT when I heard him talk. If anyone of the contestants to win, HE WAS THE ONE. He is a TRUE roll model an AMERICAN IDOL for all of our teens. Our country needs morals back in our life. Scotty has them. He spoke aloud about Jesus being his Lord and Savior. He had refused to sing a song the producers picked because it spoke of a person he was NOT. He denounced Steven Tylers comment about (Scotty was dancing on the stage)how Scotty was like 'dancing with the devil'. Scotty did not take that as a compliment and said backstage for all of America to hear, " I don't know what Steven meant, but I only dance with my Lord Jesus Christ." WOW powerful words for a 16-17 year old. AND then I saw the 2011 Idols in person. A very impressive group of great talant. Sorry I wrote so much, but I want everyone to know we actully have a TRUE AMERICAN IDOL to be proud of. I know I am. Let's hope and pray for more Kids like him to be in the contest and spread the Word...

August 31 2011 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Idol's on it's way out ! The show sucks! and Fuller knows it !

August 25 2011 at 8:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"you can't give someone an executive producer's title if they didn't executive produce the show.": this seems like a completely bogus objection. People who don't do a lick of actual work on shows are given executive producer credits and fees all the time. Look at the Kuzuis on the Buffy series for example.

August 25 2011 at 7:44 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Sour grapes, Simon Fuller. Your show is on the way DOWN, while XFactor is going UP. Perhaps you made some wrong choices, but! - Cheer up - we all do. We just don't go to court kicking and screaming cos we messed up, lol.

August 25 2011 at 5:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We do not watch anything that shows that simon boys face or has his voice in it at all. We cant stand the boy.

August 25 2011 at 5:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Thomas Stratford

Simon Fuller, you are already making enough money. Get Over IT.

August 25 2011 at 5:20 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

But isn't Cowell doing exactly the same kind of show as American Idol? Hmm.
Copyright enfringement might hold up in court.

August 25 2011 at 4:13 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Marty Hunter

WHERE' PAULA WHEN YOU NEED HER? She could hash all this out! NOT!!!!

August 25 2011 at 3:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

August 25 2011 at 2:41 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Why? because Simon has that personality that intrigues and appeals to the masses. Duh!

August 25 2011 at 2:32 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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