I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But... (2003) I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But... , the breezy confessional of "American Idol"'s nastiest judge -- part autobiography, part backstage gossip, part tutorial for… 2003-12-02 Nonfiction Broadway Books
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I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But... (2003)

I Don't Mean to be Rude, But... | SIMON SAYS No one's spared from Cowell's ribs in his new memoir
SIMON SAYS No one's spared from Cowell's ribs in his new memoir
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Dec 02, 2003; Writer: Simon Cowell; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Broadway Books

I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But..., the breezy confessional of ''American Idol'''s nastiest judge -- part autobiography, part backstage gossip, part tutorial for Ruben wannabes -- is full of the winning, winking arrogance that made Cowell ''AI'''s main attraction. ''Idol'' addicts will revel in his relentless mockery of fellow judge Paula Abdul and blunt assessments of past contestants, but his glee in reminding us of forgotten losers just to trash them again can get off-puttingly sadistic. (Hey, anyone remember Jim Verraros? Well, he SUCKS!)

Cowell's lessons on the music biz do prove enlightening, albeit not in the way he intended: His myopic pursuit of the perfect ephemeral pop hit (and disdain for artistic credibility) leaves one with the nagging thought that Kazaa might not be entirely to blame for the industry's struggles.

Originally posted Dec 03, 2003 Published in issue #740 Dec 05, 2003 Order article reprints