The year 2004 starts with the airing of an A&E Biography special on Simon. Already, seismic changes are rippling among the judicial panel, with Paula Abdul's sick-outs from a persistent nail infection and Randy Jackson's 100-pound weight loss due to gastric bypass surgery. Simon sticks to cutting remarks and black tees. He wears his signature top in a cameo appearance on "Scary Movie 3." The gig scares him away from acting. After the whopper third season of "Idol," he flies back to Britain to judge "The X Factor." But not all goes smoothly for Mr. Nasty: Reports of his gal pal's temper tantrums and a lawsuit from collaborator Simon Fuller prove he's not the only one dishing it out.
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