SiCo Insists: 'Cheryl Wasn't Sacked From X Factor USA'
He's also branded Chezza the 'most beautiful women' he's ever seen...
Simon Cowellhas addressedCheryl Cole's infamous departure fromThe X Factor USA insisting to Britain's Got Talent, SiCo was teased about her exit by fellow BGT panellistDavid Walliams when Grimshaw quizzed the music mogul over this year's XF judging line-up.
Nick asked Cowell: "Have you decided on a new panel for X Factor? I saw Tulisa’s getting sacked on the front page?"
Simon replied: "I think there’ll be a few changes, yeah."
Grimshaw then probed further: "When it says in the paper that someone’s sacked, do you actually have to do it or can you get someone else to do it?"
Before Cowell could answer, Walliams said: "He doesn’t do it because he’s a coward! He gets an executive producer to do it.
"Did you phone up Cheryl Cole and tell her she was sacked from US X Factor or did Richard Holloway do it?"
SiCo hit back: "She wasn’t actually sacked from American X Factor, we offered her the UK show instead."
David went on: "Well that’s being sacked from one show…Did you make that phone call yourself?"
Cowell responded: "No it’s not. That’s being transferred. I had a conversation with her about doing the UK show."
The 53-year old also hit the headlines today (April 9) after confessing to Radio Times magazine that he was smitten with Chezza from the first time he saw her.
Simon gushed: "When she walked in I thought she was one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen.”
Despite his obvious crush on Cole, Cowell has been dogged with gay rumours for a number of years, with the star denying the allegations to the mag.
He stated: "I couldn’t care less because it’s nothing to be ashamed of. If I was living 200 years ago in a coal mine, maybe, but I work in possibly the gayest industry in the world.
"A lot of my friends are gay, but I’m not and don’t even think that way any more. It feels like such an antiquated question.”