AceShowbiz - %cSimon Cowell% is back on the judge panel. This time around, he is going to judge the "America's Got Talent" hopefuls during the upcoming eleventh season. He fills in the vacant spot left by %cHoward Stern%. "The good news is America's Got Talent is back next year and the even better news is so am I!" he wrote on Twitter.
"About five or six years ago, I was offered the chance to be on the show and, at the time, I couldn't do it. But I was a bit disappointed that I wasn't able to," Cowell additionally told USA TODAY. "For the years (Howard) was on the show, he did a great job. I think at the point we really knew Howard wasn't going to come back, we then had serious conversations with NBC. I thought, 'I think this is the right time.' So, I'm excited about it."
Cowell wouldn't confirm whether or not the other judges, %cMelanie Brown%, %cHeidi Klum%, and %cHowie Mandel%, would be back as well. "They might decide since I've come back, they'll run for the hills," he joked. "I have no idea. I know them all. I think they've done a great job. ... I thought we'd let the dust settle and then we'll meet everyone who's on the show and then we'll make some decisions."