Fact Check

Is Simon Cowell Leaving 'America's Got Talent'?

An online article that featured the People magazine logo said Cowell "shocked everyone when he announced his departure from the show."

Published Jun 26, 2023

Simon Cowell attends the "America's Got Talent" Season 17 Kick-Off Red Carpet at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on April 20, 2022, in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images) (Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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An online article in June 2023 reported that Simon Cowell was leaving "America's Got Talent" to pursue a product line of keto weight loss gummies.

In June 2023, paid ads were displaying on Facebook and Instagram that led to a claim that said Simon Cowell would be leaving "America's Got Talent," NBC's performance-competition TV show that's perhaps better known as "AGT."

However, not only was this false, but the reason for these ads was to lure users to a scam that might end up costing those users thousands of dollars a year.

The claim made by this scam was that Cowell had endorsed an "amazing miracle gummy product" for weight loss called G6 Keto ACV Gummies, with "ACV" standing for apple cider vinegar.

To be clear, none of this was true. Cowell never endorsed any CBD or keto weight loss gummy products. His image and likeness were being used without permission. Further, we don't recommend placing trust in weight loss promises that feature the words "amazing miracle."

In this story, we'll walk through how this scam worked, including shedding light on the strange return addresses that appeared on packages that customers who ordered similar gummies had received in the past.

Simon Cowell Weight Loss Gummies Scam

The Facebook and Instagram ads with Cowell featured before-and-after pictures that appeared to show a weight loss transformation. "Simon Cowell Shares How He Dropped 56 In Just Weeks," the ads read.

A scam article claimed that Simon Cowell was leaving America's Got Talent also known as AGT in order to pursue a weight loss product line for keto and apple cider vinegar also known as ACV gummies.We know of no celebrities who have ever endorsed any weight loss gummy products.

The link in the ads directed users to a specific page on the website brownnature.art.

Before clicking on the link in the ad, we decided to check out the homepage for brownnature.art. According to what we found, this website appeared to have been created for the sole purpose of running scams. How did we know this? A fake bookstore served as the facade for the scam operation on the website. This bookstore didn't have any payment options enabled, which meant that users couldn't order any of the books the website claimed to offer.

Fake People Magazine Article

Back to the subject about the ads that featured Cowell, we clicked the link that took us to a specific page on brownnature.art. An article loaded in our browser that featured a People magazine logo.

"Simon Cowell Confirms He is 'LEAVING' America's Got Talent After His Accidental 'Live' Confession On-Air," the false headline of the story read.

A scam article claimed that Simon Cowell was leaving America's Got Talent also known as AGT in order to pursue a weight loss product line for keto and apple cider vinegar also known as ACV gummies.Scammers created this fake People magazine article to try to fool users into trusting the article.

The article also falsely claimed that celebrities Kelly Clarkson and Melissa McCarthy had lost weight with G6 Keto ACV Gummies. Both Clarkson and McCarthy have been featured in these scams for years, even though they have nothing to do with any keto weight loss gummies.

This was not a story that People magazine had ever published. Scammers had replicated on brownnature.art the design of how articles are displayed on people.com, the official website for the magazine, all as a way to try to fool users into believing they were reading an authentic story put out by the publication.

G6 Keto ACV Gummies Website

After clicking on one of the many links in the fake People magazine article on brownnature.art, we were led to the G6 Keto ACV Gummies website, secure.get6gproducts.com/v1/. The creator or creators of the product's website published several false statements that were an extension of the scam seen in the social media ads and the fake People magazine article.

For example, Dr. Mehmet Oz never called the product the "holy grail" of weight loss, nor did the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism medical journal publish any pieces about the gummies, as the G6 website claimed.

The G6 website also included mentions of CBS News, NBC, CNN, Women's Health, Woman's World, and Honolulu Magazine, even though these publications never featured, mentioned, or endorsed anything about the product.

Perhaps worst of all was the fact that no phone number was available on the G6 website, not even in its privacy policy or terms and conditions documentation. In fact, part of the terms and conditions left two spaces after "TOLL FREE" where the phone number belonged: "Please contact Customer service at TOLL FREE  between the hours of 9am EST - 9pm EST Mon - Sat with any questions regarding your product, payment or return."

We've seen phone numbers be omitted like this on CBD and keto weight loss gummies websites for more than a year. This was not a one-time issue.

Pricing and 'Fulfillment Center'

For many months, we've been observing comments from purported customers who complained about being victims of CBD and keto weight loss gummies scams. Many of these comments were posted to YouTube and contained detailed accounts of how they were scammed.

These customers often said in their comments that they were charged around $200 after believing they would only be paying about $40. They also said that they were surprised that making a purchase enrolled them in a subscription that would charge their credit card hundreds of dollars per month, charges that would end up totaling thousands of dollars per year.

Additionally, customers said that when the gummy packages arrived at their doorstep, they contained no real identifying information about a parent company or anything about the people behind the products. According to the customers, the packages only would include the two words "fulfillment center" with a P.O. Box physical mailing address for Tampa, Florida, or Las Vegas, Nevada. Customers often reported a return address with the city of Smyrna, Tennessee.

If any readers ordered CBD or keto gummies that promised an "amazing miracle" involving weight loss, we recommend they contact their credit card company to inform them of the scam. Again, these scams sign customers up for subscriptions. Unless action is taken, a new charge for hundreds of dollars will be placed on customers' credit cards every month.

Cowell's Real Weight Loss Method

As for how Cowell truly lost weight, he once credited dropping pounds to his vegan diet. We found no credible reporting that said anything about him ever consuming gummies.

To be completely clear, we have never found even one real example of a celebrity who endorsed CBD or keto weight loss gummies.


DeSantis, Rachel. "Simon Cowell's Vegan Diet Helped Him Lose 20 Lbs.: 'I've Found It Quite Enjoyable.'" People Magazine, 14 Aug. 2019, https://people.com/health/simon-cowells-vegan-diet-helped-lose-20-lbs/.

Liles, Jordan. "Did Dr. Oz Endorse Keto Weight Loss Gummies?" Snopes, 30 May 2023, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/dr-oz-keto-weight-loss-gummies/.

Jordan Liles is a Senior Reporter who has been with Snopes since 2016.

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