Simon Cowell is reportedly working on a new talent show with plans to air it on one of ITV’s ‘rival channels’.
The music industry titan, 61, is currently ‘weighing up his options’ and even considering taking his new show to a streaming platform such as Netflix instead of airing it on a terrestrial channel.
The Sun reports that ‘Simon has told friends he is sick of competitors trying to out-do the brand, so decided he would do it himself’.
New show: Simon Cowell, 61, is reportedly working on a new talent show with plans to air it on one of ITV’s ‘rival channels’
A source told the paper: ‘Simon is constantly thinking creatively of new ideas and shows, innovating and evolving all the time. He’s vowed that his next show will be bigger and better than BGT.’
They added: ‘He’s weighing up his options. Simon has a big vision and the likes of Netflix have hundreds of millions in their coffers to help make it a reality.’
It comes after the doting father reportedly cancelled his upcoming appearance as a judge on X Factor Israel.
Simon – who recently returned to the America’s Got Talent judging panel after breaking his back in a horrific bike accident – was due to feature on the Israeli talent contest’s upcoming season this summer, however ‘cancelled for his own reasons’.
Decisions, decisions: The music industry titan is currently ‘weighing up his options’ and even considering taking his new show to a streaming site such as Netflix
Variety reported on Sunday that members of Simon’s team ‘reached out with legitimate concerns’ over his appearance on the show amid the ongoing geopolitical conflict between Israel and Palestine.
Simon suffered a devastating injury last year that left him bedridden for months after crashing his electric bike.
The father-of-one had to undergo a six-hour surgery to have a rod inserted after the crash.
He was at least doing well enough after the accident to share a short message on his social media accounts.
‘Some good advice… If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time,’ he wrote ominously.
‘I have broken part of my back. Thank you to everyone for your kind messages. And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever me.’
Simon was with his girlfriend Lauren, their son Eric and her son from a previous relationship at the time of the accident, according to ABC News.
Because of his injuries, the record executive was forced to miss out on the return of his series America’s Got Talent.
MIA: Because of his injuries, the record executive was forced to miss out on the return of his series America’s Got Talent, but has since returned to the show
In October, The Sun reported that Simon had taken a turn for the worse that would delay his recovery significantly.
He suffered complications from surgery to fuse two vertebrae, which required him to mostly stay in bed for six months.
At the time, he was reported to be on heavy painkillers and was too unwell to even record short promos for America’s Got Talent from home.
However, he was still able to walk a bit around his home garden and to do some light physical therapy in a pool.
Serious injury: Simon crashed a new e-bike in his home’s courtyard in August and broke his back, leaving him bedridden for months. He announced the crash on Instagram
But by February of this year, Simon said he was doing considerably better and seemed to be in high spirits.
‘The first four weeks were the hardest,’ he recalled to ET in that month. ‘Because you feel kind of helpless, and it was the first time in my life I’ve ever felt helpless. Then you’re bored and frustrated, and I was in so much pain, if I’m being honest with you.’
As he described it, the pain disappeared miraculously weeks after recovery.
‘Just like the doctor said, you hit this kinda seven, eight-week mark, and it’s like it never happened. I mean, literally like that, so there were a lot of pluses,’ he continued.
Sitting it out: At the time, he was reported to be on heavy painkillers and was too unwell to even record short promos for America’s Got Talent from home