American Idol contestants beware: Simon Cowell might be a bit crankier this season.
The A.I. judge was recently dumped via phone by his longtime girlfriend, Terri Seymour, his rep confirms to People magazine.
"Terri phoned Simon and finished it in September, about six weeks ago," says Max Clifford. "They are going to remain close friends. Simon thinks the world of Terri and that isn't going to change. He also understands her reason for ending it."
Seymour, 34, and Cowell, 48, began dating in 2002 after she interviewed him for a television show.