Simon Cowell Gets Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame

Simon Cowell received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week.

While delivering his speech, he joked, “Why did this take so long?” He added, “If anyone says fame is a bad thing, I don’t know what you’re talking about. It’s the best thing in the world.”

Kelly Clarkson, who was the first American Idol winner, offered an introduction reflecting on them having “starting out together.” She explained, “He’s the best friend you can ever have. He’s honest and supportive,” she added, but paused to note that she “never got the mean [Simon] … I’m still waiting.”

Other loads of entertainment moguls appeared, including Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer, who said of Simon, “He was a fledgling A&R guy who refused to have his office with the other A&R [staff], but rather he sat with the sales department because he wanted to know what was going on in the world,” said Stringer. “On a personal note,” he added, “the two of us grew up pretty much the same time in the 1970s. Britain in the ’70s was not in color, it was in black and white. So when we looked to Hollywood through its TV shows, music and movies, we could only aspire. … Growing up, this is not what either of us expected … to be here today.”

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