Simon Cowell on Kobe's Divorce 'That's a Shocker'

12/19/2011 3:45 AM PST

There's a 99.9% chance Simon Cowell was being sarcastic when he told us he was surprised about the Kobe Bryant divorce ... but when we told him about Kobe's non-prenup situation -- dude was GENUINELY blown away. 

The "America's Got Talent" honcho was at The Grove in L.A. this weekend -- where he told us Jennifer Hudson was RIGHT ... Howard Stern IS a more intimidating judge.

In fact, Cowell thinks he's a pussycat compared the King of All Media ... telling us, "Meow."