On Wednesday night, another season of American Idol ended and a new star was born. To make it to the top they all had to accept the hard showbiz truth from the Darth Vader of entertainment, Simon Cowell. As Simon Cowell leaves "American Idol," John Hockenberry looks at why, despite his cruel truth-telling, Cowell is so beloved.
Like Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada," those who can tell it like it is hold a dear place in our hearts. However, there are some things we just don't want to hear. In politics, for example, we prefer to be lied to. Journey through the media with us as we listen to some of our favorite (and least-loved) truth-tellers.
So Last night another season of American Idol ended and a new star was born. To make it to the top they all had to accept the hard showbiz truth from Uncle Simon, the Darth Vader of entertainment. Simon Cowell, whose signature is the helpful, confidence-boosting remark, like this one, encouraging a contestant to sue her singing teacher.
Which raises the question: Forget American Idol, how important is it to have that person who will say the tough thing and be honest, when you need it most? You kind of want a Simon Cowelly-type around like a coach. Like Jim Mora, inspiring his Indianopolis Colts with some very reversed psychology: