Viewers delighted as ‘straight-talking’ Simon Cowell returns to X Factor

Simon Cowell returned to the X Factor on Saturday night just over a week after he was admitted to hospital following a fall at his London home.

The judge had missed last week’s show launch and Sunday night’s second episode on medical advice after taking a tumble down the stairs and viewers were delighted to have him back.

Host Dermot O’Leary told viewers: “The boss is back Mr Simon Cowell,” adding: “It’s good to have you back.”

While Sharon Osbourne told her fellow judge, “I’ve missed you”, fans at home felt the same.

@Manbernards1 tweeted: “Good to see Simon back. Wasn’t quite the same without him.”

@Robbieanthony87 posted: “glad simon is back straight talking even about his own acts.”

@Kxthyy413 wrote: “now that simon’s back on x factor, we finally gonna get some REAL, HONEST, comments on some of these booooring acts.”

@Niki_vaghela posted: “It’s much more interesting with Simon’s comments. Last week we were stuck with Nicole’s uselessness.”

He had been replaced by Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon on last week’s show after reportedly fainting before being rushed to hospital.

The star, dad to three-year-old son Eric, later told The Sun that doctors “think I fainted because I had low blood pressure and so I have got to really take good care of myself to sort that out.

“After all, I am a dad and have more responsibility than ever.”

Cowell said he went to get some some hot milk, but felt “really dizzy” on his way back upstairs.

He added: “Next thing I know someone was putting a neck brace on me and I had a terrible headache, which must have been from me hitting the stairs.”

He was photographed flashing a “thumbs up” when he returned home hours later.

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