Simon Cowell Has "Gone Too Far"
Posted on Wed Mar 3, 2010 10:15 AM PDT

cowellpic200.jpgLOS ANGELES, CA (X17online) - Is Simon Cowell getting softer? The American Idol, X Factor and Britain's Got Talent judge is looking back at some of the old episodes and saying that he has "gone too far" when it comes to his criticism.

In an interview that will air on ITV1 in the UK this weekend, the 50-year old tells fellow X Factor judge Piers Morgan: ''There's many, many times where I've watched the show back and I'm absolutely appalled."

More specifically, he points out Susan Boyle and her path to mega-success. Cowell wishes that he would have been more supportive of Boyle when she started feeling the overwhelming pressure of fame.

He adds: ''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?'. You actually assume, naively, that everything's going to work the way that she's wanted it to. And then in the middle of the live shows – and it was quite public – what happened is that she buckled under the pressure."

Cowell is currently gearing up to bring the X Factor to the United States. Reports claim that Paula Abdul is currently in negotiations to join the show as a judge.