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Simon Cowell on American Idol: 'We had a great time'

Simon Cowell has responded to news that American Idol won't return after 2016.

The series, which was coined in 2002 by Cowell and Simon Fuller, will broadcast its last series next year.

Current judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr and Keith Urban will return for the finale.

Speaking on Twitter after the news was confirmed, Cowell said that he is proud of the success of the TV talent show.

He said: "Looking back at my time on American Idol we had a great time.

"We found great artists. Had fun. And to America. Thank you. It was a blast."

Among the artists found on American Idol are Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.

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