Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh will 'always be friends'

Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh will 'always be friends'

Simon Cowell has said he and Louis Walsh will "always be friends", despite sacking him from 'The X Factor' this weekend.

The 55-year-old music mogul has taken to Twitter to confirm the news that the 62-year-old star will no longer be on the judging panel of the ITV show after 11 years, but revealed that the door will remain open for him.

He said: "Louis Walsh is one of the good guys. We will always be friends. The door remains open and who knows what's next....... (sic)"

Simon reportedly told Louis in person and they're said to be on good terms, as he is to be a judge on the music mogul's Irish version of ITV's 'Britain's Got Talent'.

Meanwhile, it looks like One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is being drafted in as a guest mentor for the 'X Factor', after talks about him becoming a permanent judge were scrapped due to the boy band's world tour.

The 23-year-old hunk has been put forward to aid Simon Cowell at the judges' houses stage of the competition.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "Louis definitely won't be a judge this year. Simon, ITV bosses and show executives all agreed he would be the perfect judge but there is no way of making it happen.

"One Direction will be away on their world tour at the same time and it's just not possible. His name has instead been put forward as a mentor at Judges' Houses.

"Having a member of 1D on the show would be great for ratings. Sinitta won't be happy but Simon is the obvious judge to team him up with."