Simon Cowell admits he is 'absolutely appalled' at The X Factor

Simon Cowell

The X Factor boss Simon Cowell has admitted he is sometimes 'absolutely appalled' when watching the show back, saying his comments sometimes can go too far. The music mogul, who now acts as a judge on The X Factor USA, added he sometimes found the show 'very difficult to watch'.

Speaking about the TV talent shows he created and has now judges across the Atlantic, Simon explained: "There's many, many times where I've watched the show back and I'm absolutely appalled - you do the show, you're not aware of what's happening in the room outside."

He continued: "You know, somebody just said 'My dog Lassie died yesterday', I'm in a bad mood and, you know, awful, and you see it in that context, it's very, very difficult to watch.

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"You become part of a mob and when you watch the show back you realise that you've gone too far," he explained.

But Cowell has previously said sob stories will never win him over, explaining: "We got too much of this 'I'm doing it for my mum who broke her ankle' nonsense."

He added: "I think it is important that it remains a talent competition.”

Simon has also spoken about Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle and the controversy that surrounded her apparent 'breakdown' when appearing on the show in 2008. He said: "I don't think that for one second when I saw that (audition) tape that any of us suddenly went 'What are the repercussions for her?'

"That's when you suddenly realise, 'I haven't thought about this person as a human being,' And it was a real wake up call I've got to tell you."

Simon Cowell left the UK version of The X Factor earlier this year to focus on the launch of the first series in the US.

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