Simon Cowell got an early start in life dishing out insults, reportedly telling his own mother at age five that her new hat made her look like a “poodle.”
Mama Cowell said she’s never had her feelings hurt from one of her son’s zingers. She always knew that deep down he was just a good boy.
“It would only upset me if he really was a nasty person. Simon isn’t nasty – he’s just honest,” she said, the Daily Telegraph first reported on its website.
That doesn’t mean Cowell ignores what her famously tart-tongued son says on television.
“I’ll tell him if I think he’s said the wrong thing to a contestant,” she said.
Here’s a list of just a few contenders from over the years to help her out with that: