Nigel Lythgoe Stunned That Simon Cowell Will Be A Dad

Simon Cowell’s former “American Idol” colleague Nigel Lythgoe has admitted he was surprised by his former co-worker’s news – that Simon is expecting a baby with New York socialite Lauren Silverman.

“Were you stunned?” Access Hollywood Live’s Kit Hoover asked of the news that Simon is having a baby with friend Andrew Silverman’s wife, on Wednesday’s show.

“Yes, I seriously was. I thought he was confirmed bachelor,” Nigel said of his fellow Brit, who has made headlines for past relationships and trysts – including one with Carmen Electra.

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“I don’t think he thought this relationship would go anywhere,” Nigel continued. “It was his best friend’s wife. So, I think it came as a surprise to everyone really.”

During the reality TV mogul’s visit to Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday, he also shared his thoughts on Simon’s impending fatherhood.

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“He’ll probably tell the kid off, every day,” Nigel joked.

”‘You’re leaving the house!’” he said, pretending to be Simon talking to his future child.

Despite Nigel’s good-natured ribbing of Simon, he did tell Billy Bush and Kit that he already has some gifts in mind for the Cowell baby.

“Nappies (British for diapers) just a little too high, little black t-shirts,” Nigel suggested.

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As previously reported on, Simon spoke out about his upcoming parenthood last night, saying, “Things are changing in my life right now, for the better… I’m proud to be a dad.”

Nigel’s “So You Think You Can Dance” airs Tuesdays on Fox at 8/7 c.

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