REPORT: Simon Cowell's X Factor Heading To USA

Sep. 28 2009, Published 9:40 a.m. ET

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Simon Cowell is about to become even richer as his hit Brit TV show, X Factor, heads Stateside.

British newspaper The Daily Mirror reports that the American Idol creator and co-host has hammered out a deal with Fox that is worth an estimated $103 million.

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"Simon knew how much they needed him for Idol," a source told the newspaper, "But there was no deal until they agreed to do X Factor. It's been a long hard slog, but we got there."

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