Simon on President Obama's 'Idol' Shoutout


"Extra's" Terri Seymour caught up with Simon Cowell backstage after his appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." The tough judge was still grinning about President Barack Obama's personal shoutout during his appearance on the show last week.

During President Obama's interview with Leno, the President jokingly compared Washington, D.C. to "Idol," saying, "It's a little bit like 'American Idol,' except everybody is like Simon Cowell."

Cowell admits, "It's an honor. It's nice to be spoken about." Simon isn't the only one surprised by Obama's comments. Host Ryan Seacrest was shocked and immediately texted Simon saying, "Obama mentioned you. I'm dying!"

The "Idol" know-it-all interpreted the President's comment for Seymour. Simon said, "Obama was basically saying Washington has become more truthful, more honest, more sincere... more intelligent."