Recent printed speculation wondered if Simon Cowell would be back on ''American Idol'' for the new season in January since he and ''Idol'' mogul Simon Fuller were feuding in court; Cowell wanted to do a show of his own that Fuller claimed was too close in concept to ''Idol.''
Fear not. The two have reportedly settled their lawsuit out of court. And Fox announced this morning that the Great Grouch will be back for this season -- and four more after that.
The announcement included statements from Cowell calling Fuller his ''good friend'' and from Fuller calling Cowell ''a key component of the incredible success of 'American Idol.' '' In other words, they knew that they could make a lot more money working together than they might obtain separately.