Randy: Cowell welcome back on Idol
Randy Jackson has said the door is always open for Simon Cowell to return to American Idol.
TV's Mr Nasty made his name in America as a judge on the singing talent show, before launching his own rival version The X Factor. The X Factor USA has now been axed.
Star magazine asked Randy if he would like Simon back on the Idol panel, to which he replied: "Of course! He helped create this show and all these types of shows."
He added: "Simon is such an amazing talented guy that I'm sure he's plotting his US return! He'a a real creator, so never count him out."
Randy himself recently stepped down from the Idol judging panel after 12 years to take up a mentoring role on the show instead.
But he said: "Honestly, I don't miss being a judge at all. When I walked away, I was really done with it and I really didn't think there was anything more I could do.
"I'm happy now being a mentor - it's a natural fit for me."