Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Photo: Simon Cowell Attends the 38th International Emmy Awards in New York City on November 22, 2010

Missing Simon Cowell, American Idol fans? He doesn’t miss you! The King of Mean has moved on to chromer pastures with his new show, The X Factor, and he’s so, so happy. He’s singing “Unchained Melody” practically nonstop now. Seriously though, Simon is making $75 million a year with his new project, but it’s not about the money, he tells TV Guide.

By the end of his Idol run, “It wasn't fun anymore,” says Simon. He missed the freedom of the early days. “Nobody knew who I was, and in a way that was quite comforting. No matter what happened, we were going to make the show we wanted to make. But as we got more successful, many more people arrived … So many watching you, sending emails.” Poor Simon and his high, high ratings.

So does Cowell have anything nice to say about the show that made him famous in America? “I was making a lot of money on American Idol, but I did X Factor because I genuinely felt this was a better show.” Ouch.

So what makes The X Factor so great? “I personally was happier sitting on a show where older people could compete with younger people who could compete with groups. I just preferred that process. And because I was producing X Factor, it had more of my character on the show. So I'm sure some performers would prefer to be on Idol or The Voice, but you'll see the ones we backed sit better with us.”

So much for keeping down the number of emails in his inbox.

Source: TV Guide