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Jennifer Maas
May 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT

Simon Cowell spoke out about the cancelation of American Idol on Monday when he told People that he and his fellow co-stars had a “blast” on the show, which will end after its upcoming 15th season.

Cowell, 55, recalled the “great times” he spent on and off the air with his co-hosts Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest as well as first-year co-host Brian Dunkleman. 

“We had a blast! Me, Paula, Randy, Ryan – and not forgetting Brian,” Cowell said to People. “Thanks to the fans we were able to make some great shows and found some amazing artists. Fox took a risk on a brand new show and I want to thank them for giving us the opportunity. They really were great times.”

Cowell was part of American Idol from its launch in 2002 until January 2010, when the show was in its seventh season and the highest-rated program in the country. Steven Tyler came in as his replacement and Cowell produced and starred in The X Factor for Fox. 

Head over to People to find out what new projects Cowell has in the works.

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