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25 January 2012, 10:27
The music mogul says he would be happy to see the Girls Aloud star rejoin the panel.
Cheryl Cole would be welcome again as a judge on The X Factor, according to Simon Cowell.
The Girls Aloud star left the UK version of the show last year to join The X Factor USA, but she was sacked after just a week on the panel.
However, Simon, who admitted he found the period difficult, said he would be happy if Cheryl wanted to return.
"She is a grown-up and she understands that in this business when something happens it happens publicly," he said.
"That wasn't a great week for me. When I came back last year I was public enemy No1 and I wouldn't want to go through that again."
Simon, who has since spoken to Cheryl, added to The Sun: "She could be a panellist again if she wanted to — 100 per cent.
"I don't know if she would. I think she probably misses me."
Meanwhile, Cheryl is currently working on her new solo album. The follow-up to 2010's 'Messy Little Raindrops' is expected to be released this year.