Simon Cowell signs new five-year deal with Britain’s ITV amid ‘AGT’ controversy

Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and ITV have signed a new five-year deal amid the ongoing controversy over “America’s Got Talent” in the U.S.

The agreement gives Britain’s biggest commercial broadcaster Syco’s shows for the next half-decade, including “Britain’s Got Talent,” which will be on ITV until 2024. The deal also covers “The X Factor,” which ITV said would return in 2020. The network offered no visibility beyond that for the music talent show.

The U.K. news will be a boost for Cowell after the U.S. edition of “Got Talent” became embroiled in controversy following Gabrielle Union’s exit from the show. Union said she was fired after complaining about a hostile environment on the set. NBC is investigating amid other complaints of a toxic culture on set.

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 13: Simon Cowell arrives at the "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Live Show at Dolby Theatre on August 13, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 13: Simon Cowell arrives at the "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Live Show at Dolby Theatre on August 13, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 04: Simon Cowell attends City Year Los Angeles' Spring Break: Destination Education at Sony Studios on May 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles )
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Season: 14 -- Pictured: Simon Cowell -- (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Season: 14 -- Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough, and Terry Crews -- (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 11: Simon Cowell attends NBC's "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Kick-Off at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 11, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman seen leaving the Arts Club in Mayfair on February 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by GOR/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Simon Cowell seen leaving "Britain’s Got Talent" auditions on January 22, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS - JANUARY 08: Simon Cowell seen getting on a jet ski on January 08, 2019 in Barbados, Caribbean. (Photo by Ian Lawrence/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman attend the Pride of Britain Awards 2018 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 17: Simon Cowell attends the 'America’s Got Talent: The Champions' Finale at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on October 17, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage,)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 10: Simon Cowell attends NBC's "America's Got Talent: The Champions" at Sheraton Pasadena Hotel on October 10, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS -- "Champions One" Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Carrie Underwood and Simon Cowell attend the ceremony honoring Carrie Underwood with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on September 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic,)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Simon Cowell attends "America's Got Talent" Season 13 Finale Live Show Red Carpet at the Dolby Theatre on September 19, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Simon Cowell attends T"America's Got Talent" Season 13 Live Show Red Carpet on September 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/GettyImages)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Simon Cowell arrives at the "America's Got Talent" Season 13 Live Show Red Carpet at Dolby Theatre on September 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Of the U.K. deal, Cowell said: “I am thrilled our relationship with ITV is to continue for the foreseeable future. ITV has always been home to ‘Britain’s Got Talent,’ ‘The X Factor’ – and me! – and this long-term commitment shows the mutual respect in our partnership.”

Kevin Lygo, ITV’s director of television, said Cowell’s “track record speaks for itself.” He added: “He creates shows that bring the nation together, celebrating the talent and diversity of modern Britain and giving ordinary people with extraordinary talent the chance to find fame.”

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