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Simon Cowell to GQ: I Don't Like Snobbery

Posted Tuesday August 23, 2011 8:55 AM GMT

He’s one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, and Simon Cowell is the subject of a feature in the new issue of GQ magazine.

The “X Factor” honcho explains that the key to his success has always been getting in touch with what the average person is interested in.

"In TV, film, and music there's a lot of snobbery, and I don't like it. I've never been a cultural snob. If I don't like French food, that doesn't make me a lesser person. I don't have sophisticated tastes. I have average tastes. If you looked in my collection of DVDs, you'd see Jaws and Star Wars. In the book library, you'd see John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon. And if you look in my fridge, it's like children's food—chips, milkshakes, yogurt."

He continues, "I like to know why a video has suddenly gone viral, why a song has broken, why a TV show is suddenly rating out of pattern.... I'm pretty good at understanding why things are becoming popular."

As for his war with Simon Fuller over “X Factor” vs “American Idol,” Simon shares, "I didn't quite expect a writ on the first week of launching it. I've never stolen anything from anybody."

Photo Credit: Chris Buck/GQ