Simon Cowell says it's time to "move on" from Cheryl Cole, saying it wasn't a "big deal"

Simon Cowell

X Factor boss Simon Cowell has said that it's time to "move on" from the mess surrounding Cheryl Cole on The X Factor in the USA and UK and focus on the contestants. Speaking as auditions continued in American yesterday with Nicole as judge, Cowell played down the whole affair.

He told What's On TV: “It wasn’t really such a big deal as everybody thought… Truth is, you’ve got to move on. It’s about the contestants. They’ve got no interest in us bickering.”

The music mogul added that they wouldn't be covering up Cheryl's humiliating axe from the show, explaining: “Show it. I mean it’s reality TV… There’s no point in lying about it. It is what it is.”

Simon added: “I realised how much I missed working here in America. I really, really love making shows here… But the gap’s been good for me because I appreciate it more now.”

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