Notorious wet blanket Simon Cowell insists he was not rolling his eyes at a contestant's tribute to the Virginia Tech victims during Tuesday's "American Idol." What viewers saw, the blunt British judge says, was a reaction to the performance, not the remarks, of "Idol" hopeful Chris Richardson.
The grimace, highlighted by Drudge, generated enough controversy for Bill O'Reilly to come to Cowell's defense: "You have a culture now where you just tear famous people to pieces. It's a national sport," O'Reilly said. Cowell said he "may not be the nicest person in the world,” but he’d “never disrespect those families or victims."