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American Idol 'was a blast', says Simon Cowell

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Image caption Simon Cowell launched American Idol in the US in 2002

Simon Cowell has called his time on American Idol "a blast" after it was announced the TV talent show would end after its 15th series.

Cowell launched the series in 2002, and stuck around for eight years before launching the US version of X Factor.

He recalled "great times" with his co-stars Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul, adding they had "found some amazing artists" together.

The final season will be broadcast in 2016, US TV network Fox has said.

The show's host Ryan Seacrest also reacted to the cancellation, tweeting: "This show's been a big part of my life for so long... hard to imagine it without it."

He added: "Next season will be emotional yes, but next season will be unforgettable. I can't wait #idol."

Cowell later added to his official statement with a tweet: "Looking back at my time on American Idol we had a great time. We found great artists. Had fun. And to America. Thank you. It was a blast."

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Image caption Ryan Seacrest said the show's "been a big part of my life for so long"
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Image caption Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr will return for the final season

Fox said the last season would act as a "celebratory event" paying tribute to former contestants, winners and fans.

Current judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr and Keith Urban will all return, along with Seacrest.

The show, created by music mogul Simon Fuller, paved the way for a wealth of TV talent contests including The X Factor and The Voice.

It launched the singing careers of inaugural winner Kelly Clarkson and stars such as Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert.

The show's celebrity judges have included Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Steven Tyler, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres.

The singing competition drew 36 million viewers in its heyday in 2006, but ratings for the most recent season have dipped to 11.6 million viewers.

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