Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell

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After Simon Cowell announced he was leaving American Idol in the most dramatic way possible—signing his new contract in front of the press—Ryan Seacrest quickly tweeted he was going to get to the bottom of Simon’s new project, the U.S. version of X-Factor, on his KIIS-FM morning show.

"i'm gonna interview simon tomorrow on the radio show...will ask him if @paulaabdul will be on x-factor," he tweeted.

Unfortunately, Simon's not giving away any X-Factor details yet. He's going to get a new hosting buddy, but an attempt to unearth details Tuesday morning went like this: "Is there a host?" "Yes." "What is its name?" "You’ll have to wait to see."

One question he will actually answer is why he's leaving this year...

"I think you gotta know when it’s time to go," Simon told Ryan. "I've always wanted to bring this other show over here. At one point I was going to do both shows, but you know about overexposure, Ryan; you can’t be on TV too much. That was really the decision. I genuinely thought people would be sick and tired of me."

So instead of spilling juicy secrets, Ryan and Simon used Tuesday's interview to get their feelings out about what looks to be the end of an epic bromance.

"You’re going to miss me, aren’t you?" Simon asked Ryan. "I can actually hear it in his voice—excited but sad."

"No, I don’t think it’s excited," Ryan sadly replied. "What are you going to miss most about coming to our set Tuesdays and Wednesdays?"

"Everything. We had fun didn’t we?" Yes, yes they did, but ultimately, Simon sees this as a good opportunity for his Idol partner.

"Good news for you—when I’m not on the show you'll get to be more involved, Ryan, and I think that’s a positive thing. You’ll definitely get more airtime."

And Ryan finished up by telling his favorite judge, "I know this won’t sound sincere, but I'm very happy that you’re happy. I'm wishing you very, very good ratings, but I’m wishing us better ratings. Look, no one wants to see anyone fail after we've been through this much." So much love!

American Idol premieres tonight, so be sure to tune in to enjoy Simon and Ryan's last season together. Aww, tear!


Will judging American Idol be another job Ryan adds to his resume? Check out his other million jobs in our special gallery and see if there's any room to squeeze it in.

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