Saturday, May 18, 2024

Irony: Kelly Clarkson Won the Very 1st American Idol 18 Years Ago Hosted by Simon Cowell, Whom She Now Replaces on “America’s Got Talent”


18 years. The student replaces the teacher. Or something like that.

It was September 4, 2002 when Kelly Clarkson won the very first “American Idol.” Simon Cowell was the host of the show.

Now nearly two decades later, Cowell has broken his back trying to ride a motorized bike without looking at the directions. He can’t host “America’s Got Talent.” Clarkson, who has recently become ubiquitous on television, will step in for him.

She says on Twitter, “My friend, Simon Cowell, is doing better now but was in an accident and won’t be able to make Tuesday and Wednesday’s live shows for AGT, but no worries America, someone far wiser, cooler, and hotter is taking his seat! The unbelievably amazing Kelly Clarkson 😜 You’re welcome in advance!”

Simon says: “Some good advice… If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time. I have broken part of my back. Thank you to everyone for your kind messages.”

Cowell thinks he will just miss this week’s live shows and be back next week like nothing happened. That’s because the pain meds haven’t worn off.

Kelly already hosts her own hit talk show and appears wherever else she can, including “The Voice.” Did she send him the bike as a gift? Nooooo. But let’s start that rumor.

Get well, Simon. Hurry! (In the accompanying photo, Kelly tried to swear herself in as president.)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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