Is Simon Cowell's middle finger the new Janet Jackson's nipple? Probably not, but a few viewers of Tuesday night's ''American Idol'' complained to the FCC after they noticed Cowell holding his middle finger to the side of his face during a debate with Paula Abdul, according to Reuters. Cowell, who had quickly switched to his index finger, denied any meaning to the outstretched digit.
''I certainly would never make a gesture like that towards Paula or on national television,'' he said in a statement. ''Sometimes a different finger. Sometimes two at the same time, or God help me, even the whole hand. I never thought about it until now.'' Fox, meanwhile, told Reuters that its censors agreed with Cowell, seeing nothing obscene about his finger placement – they left the moment intact when the show aired on the West Coast. But don't be surprised if you see Simon in mittens next week.