Simon Cowell has spoken about Natalia Kills, the X Factor judge fired earlier this year, for the first time.
Kills was involved in a recent “bullying” controversy which saw her lose her job as a judge on the New Zealand version of the show.
Now Cowell, who fronts the UK show, has labelled the pop star as “hateful” and “mad”. He told Mail Online: “It was hateful. She sounded mad. It didn’t even make sense.”
Cowell continued: “Where they cocked up was that they didn’t apologise straight away. If they’d both been genuinely sorry and called me, and apologised to the guy and his family, who knows what could have happened? They didn’t. They were quite defensive. Their attitude was, ‘So what? That’s what we’re like’. It was the arrogance of it that did it for them.”
Both Kills and her husband, Willy Moon, were removed from by Mediaworks, the owners of X Factor broadcaster TV3 following a live show last month (March 14) in which the pair harshly criticised contestant Joe Irvine following his performance. They labelled Irvine “disgusting” and “creepy” live on air.
Following the incident, Kills and Moon offered an apology to Irvine.