FOX and Simon Cowell negotiating in public is not any more surprising (even less surprising perhaps) than FOX and Time Warner Cable negotiating in public.
But James Hibberd has the OMG SHOCKING EXCLUSIVE (sarcasm alert, for anyone with faulty detectors!) that FOX wants to order 3 more seasons of whether Simon is on the show or not.
Perhaps FOX felt like it needed to get a leg up in the public posturing after the OMG SHOCKING STUDY that revealed nearly half of the people surveyed said they'd watch . less frequently without Simon