Okay…so the juror is in and the verdict is in, American Idol’s toughest judge Simon Cowell is resigning.

The confirmation comes weeks after rumours departure that season 9 of American Idol, set to premiere Tuesday, will be his last.

The announcement was made by snarky judge Monday morning during a FOX presentation at the Televisioin Critics Association press tour in California.

Cowell noted that upon leaving American Idol, he will focus on bringing the British reality show X-Factor to America.