The mean judge is leaving the building. Simon Cowell’s long standing spot with the popular Fox talent show American Idol will be over this season. The judge contestants fear every season officially announced his departure at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this year in January. Cowell says, “I want to leave ‘Idol’ this year bigger and better than it was in the past.” But Cowell’s not done with American television. After reportedly being “bored” with ‘Idol,’ Cowell is moving on to launch a U.S. version of the UK hit ‘X-Factor’ according to his recent interview with Oprah.

Celebrities are already cramming for his spot. And guess whose openly pleading for a seat at America’s favorite judge table? None of than super producer Diddy. Diddy spoke to MTV News on Tuesday stating, “I have been fronting all this time, trying to act like I don’t want that spot. I spoke to Simon’s business manager, and I found out how much that boy makes a week. I am praying right now to ‘American Idol.’

The Dirty Money front man wants everyone to sound off on Twitter, Myspace and Facebook to ‘Idol’ petitioning for him to have Simon’s spot. Diddy says he wants the job for the same amount of cash Simon earns or else it’s a deal-breaker.

Do you think Diddy should host ‘Idol?’ What other stars would you pick to take Simon’s place?

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  • katie

    Deff. not Diddy, like everyone else said hes about money! and all the other people he made really hasnt made it that big . so def. not!
    i would like to see Bret michaels as a judge. im thinking about not watching idol anymore but if bret came on or someone actually good i might. but without simon it wont be the same