Simon Cowell makes worrying confession and rips up work schedule after back injury

Simon Cowell makes worrying confession and rips up work schedule after back injury

AMERICA’S Got Talent boss Simon Cowell feels his health and energy have improved by “ripping up his work schedule” because it left him feeling physically sick.

Former workaholic Cowell has reduced his hectic transatlantic work schedule -often featuring regular 20 hour days –  since recovering from his near paralyzing back accident two years ago.

Simon Cowell has spoken about how much his life has changed
Simon Cowell has spoken about how much his life has changedCredit: Splash
Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara, Terry Crews and AGT winners The Mayyas
Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara, Terry Crews and AGT winners The MayyasCredit: Getty

But the head judge teased that his less hectic more focused work life means he is close to announcing a new project, which will take his TV life into a new sphere.

Cowell, creator of hit franchise shows like Got Talent and X Factor, revealed he will launch a global multi-media project soon.

The Brit star spoke exclusively to The Sun after seeing Lebanese dance group The Mayyas win the America’s Got Talent finale.

Speaking on video Cowell, 62, admitted: “I do less now” and his renewed energy and vigor for work comes from: “not doing as much as I used to, if I am being honest.

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“I have kind of ripped up my schedule.

“I got to a point where I got my schedule on a Sunday and I felt like I was going back to school.

“I felt physically sick.

“And I said I don’t think I can work with a schedule. Filming is different, because you have to film.

“It is easier to work without loads of meetings and I see and work with people I like.

“I like coming up with new ideas.I get a buzz out of that. “That doesn’t take up a lot of work. Once you have got the idea you have got to sell it and that takes up a lot of time, but that is exciting. So I do less now.”

Excited Cowell, who has a development deal with NBC Universal, is “excited” to launch a fresh International entertainment format.

”Something triggered something in my head, a few weeks ago, which I think is the next thing.

“I am excited my next thing will be something brand new.

“It is time to do that. Bearing in mind my clips are seen all over the world, do I really want to do something in one country?

“And the answer I am afraid is – no I don’t. So whatever is next will be different.”

Cowell, who described Wednesday night’s primetime show as the “greatest final ever”, added: “I cannot give too much away, however I have started to think in a slightly different new way in the last few weeks.

“I love and absolutely adore this show and BGT (Britain’s Got Talent) and I do not want to go backwards again.

“I want to do something new. My next thing will be something brand new.

“Part of the buzz of this show, which nobody wanted by the way, was we had to work really hard to get them on. That is part of the buzz.

“If I were to go backwards again I would get bored.”

Cowell adores the challenge of entertaining fans on TV and online.

“I am excited. I never want to get to a point where you are back on the hamster wheel.”

AGT has maintained strong traditional viewing figures and growing online traction.

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Cowell feels confident that the format will continue to flourish, despite Netflix executives and former Disney boss Bob Iger recently claiming traditional TV will be extinct in 10 years.

“NBC are great to work with and fortunately we have people who watch the show. “1.5 billion have seen the clips this year.  People do love the clips and auditions. I am lucky.”

The Mayyas, who were judge Sofia Vergara’s golden buzzer, beat dancer Kristy Sellars to the $1 million prize and a headline show spot at AGT Live, at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Group choreographer Nadim Cherfan is excited to create a showcase “to make people believe in magic and entertain the world. Dancing is an international language. We want the world to hear about our country and how beautiful it is.

“This means the world to us.”

Fans were treated to a star studded finale with performances from The Black Eyed Peas, AGT alums Light Balance, magician Shin Lim, Darci Lynne and Terry Fator.

Finalist Drake Milligan, who’s already scored number one records thanks to the show, sang with fellow country singer Jon Pardi and vocal group Chapel Hart dueted with Darius Rucker.

The Mayyas are expected to join the AGT Live show at the Luxor later this year.

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