Simon even admitted he was a bit emotional as he said: "I'd like to say on behalf of us, thank you America for inviting us into your homes, thank you to the contestants …and, for you guys being actually my best friends now, and I'm going to miss you.After poking fun at her long-time co-judge, Paula got sentimental, telling Simon that their time together has brought her "immeasurable joy." "I love all the fun we've had together, I love all the laughter we've shared together, and American Idol is not going to be the same without you," she sincerely said.Cowell, who now serves as a judge alongside Abdul on Fox's "The X Factor," says the two at first couldn't stand each other and would fly on separate planes, but he later "considered" engaging in a relationship with her.Cowell and Abdul have poked fun at the rumors they were dating in the past, including in an Idol skit where the two were seen on a date and later sharing a kiss.judges panel in season one, she had no idea what to expect, least of all that the show would be a ratings juggernaut (averaging 35 million viewers during its season-five height, according to Nielsen) and that the program, along with her snippy tablemate Simon Cowell and the jovial Randy Jackson, would become instant pop culture phenomena.
coming to an end after 15 seasons with an epic, three-night finale, let's take a look back at a few of the dynamic duos most telling moments that proved they were the best couple who were never actually a couple.When asked if she thinks he'll be a good dad, Paula took a long pause, gave an awkward look and said, "I think the kid is going to end up being the dad to Simon."Looks like Simon isn't the only one with the sarcastic mouth, though he'll disagree with Paula. The 53-year-old father-to-be told our sister site TMZ that he's excited for his child with his (married) girlfriend Lauren Silverman and that he's "going to be a good dad."As for the new "Idol" judging panel of Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. “Simon and I had a very authentic, interesting, eclectic relationship that played out on TV very well,” says the 53-year-old, who now fills a similar role on Fox’s : Adam Lambert on First Post-‘Idol’ Single | Paula Abdul on Simon Cowell | Ryan Seacrest on Eliminating Contestants | Constantine Maroulis on Seducing the Camera | Harry Connick Jr.on Being a Judge | A Tribute to ‘Idol’ | Lee De Wyze on Singing ‘Hallelujah’ | Allison Iraheta on Her ‘Idol’ Gig |Todrick Hall on Post-‘Idol’ Fame | Inside ‘Idol’: Show Creator Simon Fuller and More Give It Back“Simon had been doing the show in the U. I came from an entirely different background as a performer, so I know what it’s like to be up onstage and to be vulnerable and to put yourself out there.