In her sendoff, Abdul gave the real reason she left the show. "After eight years of sitting between two men with bigger boobs than me, I had enough."
"She's funny," Cowell said. "And when you watch those clips back of the two of us... one minute we liked each other. Then we were fighting. It wouldn't have been the same night without her."
The rest of the judging panel all gave their support and said how much they are going to miss him and will always feel his presence. "I'm not dying here," the TV mogul quipped. "I'm just leaving the show and coming back next year on another one. Seriously, we all ended up getting along really well this year."
"The reason I didn't thank anyone individually is you're always going to leave someone out. I've been lucky, really lucky and have worked with some genuinely nice people."