Simon Cowell says he was the victim of “selective” editing.
“I think I was edited badly years ago is the honest truth,” he told reporters Monday in advance of the season’s first live broadcast of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT.
“I haven’t always been rude. Maybe at times I get a little bit frustrated. I actually like most of the acts and you never saw that before, I don’t think.”
As a judge for nine seasons on AMERICAN IDOL, Cowell quickly became known as “The Prince of Darkness,” often reducing contestants to tears with brutally honest commentary.
But Simon 2.0 is nicer, more constructive and by all accounts, having more fun than ever before.
Cowell is back in the judges seat for season 11 of AGT, which goes live from Hollywood’s Dolby Theater on Tuesday night.
36 contestants remain in the hunt for the $1 million grand prize.
Who do you think will make it to the finale?
Leave your best guesses in the comments section below.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays on NBC.
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