Jennifer Hudson Show Premiere to Feature ‘American Idol’ Reunion

Jennifer Hudson and Simon Cowell (Credit: Deposit Photos)

Jennifer Hudson and Simon Cowell will soon sit down and talk things out.

Cowell will be the first guest on The Jennifer Hudson Show when the program premieres Sept. 12, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Hudson placed seventh on season 3 of American Idol in 2004, when Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul were judges. Cowell famously told Hudson: “You’re out of your depth in this competition.” Fantasia Barrino won the competition that year and Diana DeGarmo came in second place.

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In a 2017 interview with The Telegraph, Hudson recalled the negative feedback she received from Cowell.

“At the time Simon told me I was ‘too big, in every way’,” Hudson said. “I think he meant my hair, my voice, my personality, my songs. I didn’t really understand how that was a negative thing. I said, ‘Is big not what a star is?’ His role on that show was mainly to look at image, I think, and I wouldn’t really pay any attention to what he says about vocals. That’s not his thing.”

Despite not having Cowell’s blessing, Hudson went on to become an EGOT winner after taking home an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.

Hudson serves as an executive producer on her daytime talk show alongside showrunners and executive producers Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner and Corey Palent (The Ellen DeGeneres Show). Lisa Kasteler Calio, Graehme Morphy and Walter Williams III are additional executive producers with Shani Black (Red Table Talk, Dr. Phil).

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The show tapes on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California. Earlier today, the show’s production team posted photos on the official website offering a look inside the production offices and Hudson’s personal parking space.

The show is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Telepictures and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

The Jennifer Hudson Show airs weekdays on Fox television stations starting Monday, Sept. 12.