LOS ANGELES — Not so long ago, Simon Cowell was probably the most powerful man on American TV.
His cranky, caustic judging had helped make “American Idol” an invincible No. 1 hit.
As a producer, he makes “America’s Got Talent” and similar shows top sellers around the world.
He ranked No. 17 on Forbes’ 2013 Celebrity 100 list, and predicted that his own “The X Factor” on Fox would hammer “Idol,” the singing contest he left.
And now? The hanging judge has fled the stage like a bad karaoke singer.
Earlier this month Fox abruptly canceled “X Factor” after three troubled seasons and the 54-year-old Cowell has returned to his native country to appear on the original British version, which is also flagging.