Simon Cowell reveals what his first job was and why he got fired from it

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Simon Cowell reveals what his first job was and why he got fired from it

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Simon Cowell has revealed what his first job was – and the reason he was fired from it.

The X Factor creator revealed how he started off in TV in an interview with Wired alongside fellow America's Got Talent judge Sofía Vergara.

In the interview, Cowell and Vergara were answering the web's most searched questions about themselves.

One of the most searched things about Cowell was questions about his first job, to which he replied he was a runner.

Simon Cowell explained how he got fired from his first job. Credit: Wired/YouTube
Simon Cowell explained how he got fired from his first job. Credit: Wired/YouTube

Perplexed, Vergara asks 'what did you do', not understanding what a runner is.

Cowell replied to her saying that he 'runs' – glad that one has been cleared up.

Cowell explained further: "When you are a runner you basically do everything. Whatever you're asked to do, you just do, and they pay you nothing.

"That's why I am a very fast runner."

Cowell admitted that he wasn't exactly the model worker as a runner, and revealed he was actually fired from the job.

Despite getting axed, Cowell still turned up to the job.

He said: "I got shouted at a lot.

"I smashed up one of the cars. In fact, I got fired – the PA's liked me so much, they paid for my salary. And every time the boss arrived, I had to hide under the desk."


Vergara was fascinated by the story, telling Cowell that he should 'write a script about it, that sounds like a comedy'.

Despite all the chaos surrounding the job, Cowell admitted that he did enjoy it.

And it's fair to say, the record executive has had a decent career since.

Cowell is the creator of The X Factor and also started off the Got Talent franchise which has been sold around the globe, including the UK and US.

Cowell also has his own record label in Syco, which has some of the biggest artists in the world.

Simon Cowell went on to create The X Factor in the years after his runner job.Credit: AFF / Alamy Stock Photo
Simon Cowell went on to create The X Factor in the years after his runner job.Credit: AFF / Alamy Stock Photo

Many former X Factor contestants were signed to the record label, including One Direction and Leona Lewis.

Talking of The X Factor, the show has been off our screens for a few years, but it looks set to be making a return. In July, the Daily Star reported that the music show would be making a return – but not to its usual home on ITV.

Instead, Simon Cowell has reportedly signed a 'big-money deal' with Channel 5.

The paper said the new series is set to be on our screens next year.

Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, Celebrity

Callum Jones
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