Simon Cowell ‘quitting TV roles to spend more time with his family’

Simon Cowell is reportedly stepping away from television to spend more time with his family.

Over the weekend, it was announced that the music mogul, 62, had handed over the reins of his new show Walk The Line to former Take That star Gary Barlow while he takes on a more behind-the-scenes role as executive producer.

And it has now been claimed that Simon, who broke his back last year, is cutting his workload to enjoy family life with his partner Lauren Silverman and their seven year son Eric.

A source told The Sun: "Given all the upheavals of the past year or so, what with lockdown and his health, he's decided now is not the time to be front of camera."

"He's just finished an exceptionally busy period filming which saw him spending an extended period of time away from home, so he also wants to devote more time to his family in the coming weeks," it was continued.

"Clearly, Simon has nothing to prove and doesn't seek celebrity status; even after a quieter couple of years by his standards, he still gets recognised everywhere he goes."

The insider added that being "ramped up" for the launch of Walk The Line is the "last thing he needs," but he will still "help steer the ship" so that it can meet its "exacting demands".

OK! has contacted a representative for Simon for further comment.

This comes after Simon spoke of his new ITV project Wall The Line, and his appointment of Gary Barlow to replace him.

He said: "This is a situation where I have decided it is right for me to focus on my role as the Creator and Producer as we build-up to the hugely exciting launch.

"Gary's musical pedigree is second to none – and we have known each other a long time now – so I am delighted he is picking up the baton for me for the first series of Walk The Line. I know he will do a fantastic job."

Singer Gary previously worked as a judge on The X Factor in the UK.

Meanwhile, Simon has kept a largely low profile after his horror bike crash last year.

The TV judge suffered multiple vertebrae fractures last August while riding in Malibu with Lauren and son Eric after revving his e-bike by accident, causing him to slam into the tarmac.

He was swiftly sent to Providence Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica, where he underwent a six-hour operation to treat his broken back.

Requiring time off to recover, Simon had to exit his judging duties on Britain and America's Got Talent last year.

Simon has gradually been able to get his fitness back on track after recovering from the incident, and has pledged to maintain his exercise regime in spite of what happened moving forward.

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