Simon Cowell live via satellite from London

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Millions tuned in for the sixth season premiere of American Idol. One thing is for certain—love him or hate him, those millions can't wait to see what judge Simon Cowell will say next.

Oprah says she remembers Simon saying that he didn't know if the American version of Idol—now one of the biggest hits in television history—would even last even three seasons.

"I honestly thought your country would kick me out after three years," Simon says. "So the fact that I'm still here, it's a bonus."