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Rashida Jones on American Idol’s Future: ‘Simon Cowell is Irreplaceable!’

Fri, January 29, 2010 3:41pm EDT by Add first Comment


Simon’s imminent departure is mind-boggling to all of us! Who in the world could possibly replace the man that put American Idol on the map?

There’s been a ton of speculation over who could ever fill Simon Cowell’s shiny loafers when he leaves the hit Fox singing show at the end of the season. Although stars definitely have their favorite picks, Rashida Jones firmly believes there’s no one else on earth quite like Cowell.

“I’m a huge Simon Cowell fan, and he’s irreplaceable honestly,” the 33-year-old Parks & Recreations star told exclusively during the Artists for Peace and Justice fundraiser in Santa Monica, Calif. Jan. 28.

Rashida isn’t the only one that believes Simon is the only man for the job: Rosie O’Donnell told Extra the same exact thing on Jan. 26 when she shut down rumors she’d step in as Simon’s replacement, calling him ‘irreplaceable” as well.

Even Season 4 ‘Idol’ contestant Constantine Maroulis went so far as to suggest the show should just wrap itself up and exit stage left without the presence of the “mean one.”

“You can try to replace him but it just won’t be the same and the show will suffer. I think they should just end the series after this year,” the 34-year-old singer, who now appears in the Broadway smash Rock of Ages, told CBS News.

Yup, American Idol producers definitely have themselves a quagmire if we ever saw one! Quite frankly, we aren’t sure how they’ll replace him either! Do you think there is anyone as qualified as Simon to handle his job?