"I couldn't be happier about 'The X Factor' already being renewed for another season," Cowell said in a statement.
Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Ka-ching!
* In other Britney news, Barry Weiss, who headed Jive Records, the label on which she recorded, testified Monday that he was Britney's "lifeline" during the darkest days of her well-documented meltdown and that he never heard she had a new manager named Sam Lutfi.
Weiss said his only contact with Lutfi in 2007-08 was when Weiss asked him for assurance that Spears would be on set to record a music video for her "Blackout" album.
"Britney was pretty erratic at the time," Weiss testified during trial in a defamation lawsuit brought by Lutfi against Spears' parents.
Lutfi claims he was Spears' personal manager and deserves millions as his share of her income during that period.
The defamation suit stems from the way Lutfi is depicted in a book written by Britney's mom that detailed Brit's meltdown.
Conservators of Spears' estate, including her father, Jamie, who was in court, contend that Lutfi was never her manager but was simply a user who inserted himself into Spears' life and preyed on her vulnerabilities.
Weiss spoke of working closely with her former manager Larry Rudolph but said he was never told Lutfi had assumed the role.
"Sam Lutfi never introduced himself or came in for a meeting. He never discussed records or a record contract," Weiss said.
"He helped us get a video made," Weiss acknowledged. "He was trying to keep Britney on the set."
But in the end, Weiss said he saw Lutfi's role as a "gofer . . . like a personal assistant."
A sweeter Flavor Flavor Flav
, who was arrested last week after an argument with his longtime fiancee, intends to fight criminal charges and seek reconciliation with her, his attorney said Monday.
Flav's attorney Tony Abbatangelo told the Associated Press his client plans to plead not guilty to allegations that he pushed his girlfriend of eight years to the floor and wielded two knives as he chased and threatened her 17-year-old son during an argument Wednesday at their home in Las Vegas.
Flav is charged with felony assault and misdemeanor domestic battery. He could face up to six years in prison if convicted of the assault charge and six months in jail for domestic battery.
"They've been together a long time, and they want to work this out," Abbatangelo said. "We want what's best for the family."
* Madame Tussauds unveiled wax
likenesses of the alien star of Steven Spielberg's 1982 film "E.T. - the Extra-Terrestrial" at six of its international locations Monday.
The wax figures were crafted at Merlin Studios in London and will be on view at Madame Tussauds museums in Los Angeles, Sydney, Tokyo, London, Berlin and Amsterdam.
* Ancestry.com has agreed to be
acquired by a group led by European private-equity firm Permira Funds in a cash deal valued at about $1.6 billion.
The geneology website company went public in 2009. Last year, it earned $62.9 million on nearly $400 million in revenue.
Unfortunately, now that the company will be owned by a private-equity firm, all your ancestors will be outsourced to China.
* Every time Tattle thinks we're
done coming up with tie-ins to the DVD release of "Hysteria" - also available at Redbox and on Netflix - some new item buzzes in our ear.
Don't call Alicia Silverstone "Clueless" when it comes to environmentally-friendly personal pleasure.
The vegan actress has recommended people purchase the Leaf Vibrator sex toy, which will shake you like a fall wind.
Writing on OpenSky.com, she said: "These vibrators from Leaf come in a bunch of different shapes, all inspired by nature."
That gives new meaning to the phrase "when nature calls."
Bloods" cast member
Jennifer Esposito is blasting CBS for sidelining her from the show.
In Twitter postings Espositio has accused CBS of "absolutely shameful behavior" in putting her on unpaid leave from the Tom Selleck-starring police drama.
She tweeted that she's been diagnosed with celiac disease and requires a reduced work schedule. She said CBS believes she is angling for a pay raise.
* Tim Tebow may be able to
trademark bending down on one knee (a/k/a "Tebowing"), but Beyonce and Jay-Z have lost their attempt to trademark the name of their daughter, Blue Ivy.
The couple filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to protect their baby girl's name days after her birth in January, but they've been told they can't keep the name Blue Ivy to themselves.
Can you imagine if the first "Joseph" had tried this stunt?
As a result of the ruling, wedding planners Blue Ivy Events is allowed to keep its name, which seems only fair, as Blue Ivy Events was around before Blue Ivy baby.
Bey and Jay are reportedly planning to launch a line of baby products and clothes under the name Blue Ivy.
Blue Ivy must need a college fund. So she can afford the Blue Ivy League (trademark pending).
- Daily News wire services
contributed to this report.