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Simon Cowell pulls out of The X Factor Israel for ‘his own reasons’

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Simon Cowell pulled out of his upcoming role as a judge on The X Factor Israel due to "his own reasons."

The 6- year-old had signed a deal to star on the upcoming series of the reality show, based on the hit programme he launched in the UK back in 2004.

But a spokesperson for Reshet, The X Factor Israel's producers, has confirmed that he will now not appear on screens alongside fellow judges Netta Barzilai, Aviv Geffen and Margalit Tzan'ani.

Although no official reason has been given for Simon not taking part, it has been reported that members of his staff had reached out to Reshet with "legitimate concerns" over his involvement with the show following the recent violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Israel's version of The X Factor has been running since 2013, with it being confirmed last month that the winner of the upcoming series will represent Israel in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.

Eden Alane, the winner of the most recent series of the show, represented Israel in the competition this month, although this was not as a result of her winning the programme.


Despite missing out on The X Factor Israel, former Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan has said Simon is working on a new show.

He told The Sun: "I saw Simon Cowell recently, and of course he got me my first big break in America. We walked for three hours.

"I got terrible blisters but I didn’t dare tell him because it felt like he was going to keep going until one of us surrendered."

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Piers went on to hint he could return to Los Angeles as he added: "We talked about a few opportunities – I would like to work with him again."

Record executive and entrepreneur Simon helped the TV presenter land his first big break in the US by giving him the role of judge on America's Got Talent in 2006

He later brought Piers on to do the same job on Britain's Got Talent one year later.

Four years later the TV host was replaced by comedian Michael McIntyre and Simon was later joined by Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden.

It seems Piers has got a flurry of job offers lined up since his exit from Good Morning Britain, as he told the publication "a third-party" put out the feelers to see if he would consider returning.

“I would seriously consider [going back] if I could rip it all up, and do it my way. If I could produce it as well as present," he said.

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