Simon Cowell: I Want to Work With Paula Again

Entertainment Jan. 13, 2010 AT 12:34PM
Simon Cowell: I Want to Work With Paula Again Credit: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

Will Paula Abdul be judging wannabe stars alongside Simon Cowell again on the X-Factor?

Cowell is playing coy.

"Paula has been talking to me for months," Cowell, 50, tells Extra of Abdul, 47. "I've always made it clear that in some capacity I want to work with Paula again. It might be here, it might be in England.

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"I adore Paula," Cowell adds of his former colleague, who was replaced by Ellen DeGeneres, 51, as an American Idol judge last August.

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Cowell says fans will "probably" find out who will appear the show -- which kicks off in 2011 on Fox -- in the next few weeks.

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"I never approached her. Never have, never will," Cowell tells Extra. "I don't know where these rumors come from."

Cowell -- who helped launch Idol in 2002 -- announced on Jan. 11 that he’s leaving the series after his contract expires this season.

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