Simon Cowell might have a different role in the next 'season' (series) of US X Factor (if it gets re-commissioned that is).
"I think the show will be coming back next year," he said hopefully (as quoted here). "As to my role on it, I might have a different kind of role, we haven't discussed that yet."
"I think that we're gonna have a very crowded marketplace," he continued. "What we have with X Factor is a huge core fan base that loves the show but we have got to be more than that. We're in the middle of a conversation about what we think the show should look like, what the fans would like, so my role may change but I can't say any more than that."
Touching on why the ratings for this year's series have been so low, Cowell reckoned it might have something to do with the shows lasting for what feels like about five years.
"The thing about these shows over the years is they started off as one-hour shows and now it's two hours or two and a half hours and then an hour show the next day. That's like watching a movie," he mused.
"It's getting to be probably too much. When the shows are popular, the networks want to make them longer and that's not necessarily a good thing."