You get rid of Ed McMahon and add Simon Cowell, and you turn ‘Star Search’ into the mega hit ‘American Idol.’
You get rid of the gong and throw in Regis Philbin, and you turn the ‘Gong Show’ into the hit ‘America’s Got Talent.’
It just goes to show you, it’s all about the packaging. It’s all been done so many times, but look at it now…
If you would have asked me what I thought of America before I came over here I would have used the word ‘corny’. And then you come over here and you find that it’s not corny at all. British people are very cynical, they cannot bear someone else’s success. Americans embrace other people’s success. Everything in America is larger than life.
— Simon Cowell