Simon Cowell Breaks Silence On Natalia Kills' X Factor Rant
X Factor boss doesn't hold back over New Zealand bullying scandal...
Simon Cowell might have made his name with his forthright opinions on TV talent shows, but he seems to have softened up a bit in recent years.
However the 55-year-old reality TV mogul has just shown that he can still dish it out with the best of them when he wants to - giving his verdict on the recent X Factor New Zealand bullying scandal which saw Natalia Kills and Willy Moon lose their jobs as judges.
Speaking to the MailOnline, he commented: "It was hateful. She sounded mad. It didn't even make sense."
But despite the ferocity of Kills' now infamous rant, SiCo suggested that she might just have kept her job if she'd handled things differently afterwards.
"Where they cocked up was that they didn't apologise straight away," he declared.
"If they'd both been genuinely sorry and called me, and apologised to the guy and his family, who knows what could have happened?
"They didn't. They were quite defensive. Their attitude was, 'So what? That's what we're like'. It was the arrogance of it that did it for them."
And his Britain's Got Talent colleague Amanda Holden had more constructive criticism for Kills, in the unlikely event that she ever finds herself on a TV talent show panel again.
"Where that lady - and I didn't have any clue who she was - got it wrong is that what she said wasn't entertaining," she said.
"It wasn't constructive. It wasn't funny. It was just a big slag-off, an abuse of position."
And just in case you missed it the first time round, here's that famous clip again...