Simon Cowell Turned Down $100 Million 'Idol' Offer

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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Simon Cowell turned down $100 million to stay at "American Idol," a source told Page Six, and he now wants to hire music mogul Tommy Mottola as a judge on his new show, "The X Factor."

But Cowell insists there are no hard feelings over his leaving to bring over his British smash-hit, "X Factor" in 2011. He told us, "If I thought it would lead to the death of 'Idol,' I genuinely wouldn't have done it. We are sure that 'Idol' will continue successfully.

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