Simon-CowellSimon Cowell has announced that this will be his final season on American Idol.

In an interview with MYfm's Valentine in the Morning about Simon's departure this morning, fellow judge Kara Dioguardi said that Simon did not fill her in on his plans to leave the judges' panel."He's so important to the show. I think I was a fan before I was on the show and he would be really missed," she says.For more, go to www.1043myfm.com.

Simon leaving AI is nothing to be sad over because he will be back in everyone's living room in 2011 with his hit U.K. show The X Factor. Cowell will act as both executive producer and judge on The X Factor and states,

I'm thrilled that we put a date on a launch of the U.S. version of 'The X Factor,' and delighted to be continuing to work with Fox. We have a fantastic relationship, a great team and are all very excited about this.

Simon will be missed by AI fans.What do you think?