The decade-long feud between Simon Cowell and Gary Barlow has reportedly ended thanks to some clear-the-air talks.
Years of acrimony between the pair were brought to an end after Simon spoke to the Take That star last weekend, The Mirror Reports.
Barlow has recently been announced as a new judge on the Cowell-produced show, Walk the Line. The former X Factor producer described Barlow as “the best man for the job.”
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A source told The Mirror: “It was a really constructive and great conversation between both men who have moved on and are excited for the future. It’s all water under the bridge now.”
Simon and Gary have reportedly had a strained relationship since 2011, when the latter was roped into The X Factor UK while Cowell launched a US version of the show.
In a biography penned by Tom Bower, titled Sweet Revenge, it was said Cowell found Barlow’s performance on the show “wooden”.
It was also reported in the book that Barlow receiving an OBE annoyed Cowell.
When reports circulated that Cowell wanted to dump Barlow from the show, he said: “I don’t talk to Simon, I talk to ITV.”
When Barlow launched a BBC talent show, Let It Shine, in 2017, Cowell reportedly instructed a team of lawyers to monitor the show for any similarities to The X Factor.
In Barlow’s autobiography, he claimed X Factor dressing rooms were “bugged” and that producers fed lines to judges before the live shows.
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With their feud now seemingly over, Barlow will join Craig David and Mabel on the new ITV show, hosted by Maya Jama.
Cowell stepped down from the role to devote more time to his partner Lauren and his son Eric following a bike accident.
He said: “This is a situation where I have decided it is right for me to focus on my role as the creator and producer as we build up to the hugely exciting launch.
“Gary’s musical pedigree is second to none – and we have known each other a long time now – so I am delighted he is picking up the baton for me for the first series of Walk The Line. I know he will do a fantastic job.”
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