My husband is British, and so he checks a few Brit websites every day. He told me the following yesterday.
Over in Britain, there's a big controversy over Simon and his American version of The X-Factor. Seems he was going to have as a judge/mentor this British singer named Cheryl Cole, but TPTB at Fox told Simon to drop her because they didn't think Americans would be able to understand her speaking accent. Simon acquiesed (?), and now he's very unpopular with his countrymen. Last week he was a guest judge on Britain's Got Talent, and the audience booed him. Now Simon is saying that he'll try to get Cheryl reinstated on the show.
My husband says he can kind of understand Fox's decision. According to him, Cole comes from Newcastle, and hubby said even other Brits can't understand people from there. However, I think it was kind of mean for Simon to drop her after she'd already been asked to do it.