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'American Idol'

Mocking Simon Cowell

Behind the Scenes

1/18/2012 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Simon Cowell is the butt of an inside joke behind the scenes at "American Idol" ... and it's all over some cocky statements he made about a rival show just a couple of months ago.

Sources at "Idol" tell us ... the honchos have been joking that they'll be DEVASTATED if the show doesn't get 20 MILLION viewers when "A.I." debuts tonight.

They're not serious ... they're simply mocking their former judge, who told the Hollywood Reporter last year he was counting on "X Factor" to pull in 20 mil on its debut ... or else he'd consider it a disappointment.

For the record, X Factor fell short. But 'Idol' has hit the 20 million mark multiple times ... including the 2011 finale.

Maybe the "A.I." guys aren't joking after all ...

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Jay W.     

Jumped the shark long ago.

1006 days ago
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Poopey Poopstein    

Yawn! Who cares about these BORING shows?

1006 days ago
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Vicky    

I like X Factor better than American Idol. A girl will never win American Idol ever again.

1006 days ago
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JiLL1    

AI has produced only 4 real stars in all its years on air. Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, and Daughtry. Everybody else is forgettable

1006 days ago
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Truth    

OH Puleeez... all these lame reality shows are starting to tank. Back in the days when Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia won, Idol was pulling 35-40 mil viewers a night and 45+ mil on finals week. Now it's less than half. What does say about Idol producers??? Clean up your own backyard before goofing on others... #epicfail #lame #Truth!!

1006 days ago
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soulofanangel    

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AMERICAN IDOL has run aground just like the TITANIC. American Idol is the equivalent to beating a dead horse.
------------------------------------------------------------Just like the OPRAH WINFREY Show, AMERICAN IDOL (and duplicates)- the star rises, fades and falls. Public is tiring of worn out "set-ups" and "stories". RYAN SEACREST has worn out his welcome a long time ago too. He produces so much crap, American homes need extra filters to clean the air.
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1006 days ago
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Celebrities Suck    

People don't fall for this bullcrap. I'm sure Idol and the Xfactor peeps get together for a few drinks and caviar at on of their mansions and laugh at all you fools that fall for their lies. They have to make it look like they are mocking each-other. They are trying to get peoples attention since Idol starts tonight!

1006 days ago
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charley    

if it werent for son cowell...these two bitches and puelka whore wouldnt have a job!

1006 days ago
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karlew    

Oh Jesus is that crapfest on again?

1006 days ago
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SusanCoyote    

Look at those three has-beens. Lopez? Really? What does she know except auto-tune and lip-syncing?

1006 days ago
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charley    

oops!...If it werent for Simon Cowell...One old azz gesser with old man boobs and a hip hop idiot that no one heard about until idol...and that puelka pig whore j-ho...wouldnt have a phkn job! inconsiderate bstards!

1006 days ago
12.

Rocco    

Does anybody still watch this show? Time for a new idea.

1006 days ago
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dedimension1    

So sick of ALL this reality bullchit

1006 days ago
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maya     

producers of american idol for sure hates simon!

1006 days ago
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serafina    

I can't believe that this stupid show is still on t.v. Good lord - who in the hell watches this crap?

1006 days ago
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