Simon's Extra Effort

Simon Cowell, American Idol's own "Merchant of Venom," has scored himself a new TV gig as a special correspondent for Extra.

Cowell will join Extra every Wednesday and Thursday beginning today for a segment called "The World According to Simon." 

In the segment, Cowell, 42, will "have free reign to say what he really thinks about the summer's biggest hit," according to Extra

Cowell will also co-host Extra this weekend along with Dayna Devon and American Idol co-host Ryan Seacrest, who doubles as an Extra correspondent.

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