Simon Cowell teased by Ant and Dec over Cheryl

Tuesday May 31, 2011

Simon Cowell has returned to Britain's Got Talent - and was teased by hosts Ant and Dec over the Cheryl Cole X Factor controversy.

The talent show guru went on stage just hours after it was confirmed that the Geordie singer would not be a judge on this year's UK X Factor after being sacked from the US version too.

Dec cheekily referred to the row, asking Simon whether he could understand his Geordie accent.

Simon pretended not to realise that Dec was referring to the rumours that Cheryl was dropped because American audiences could not understand her accent.

"Am I missing something here? I've just got back, what's been going on?" he said.

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