During her premiere episode, which coincided with her 41stbirthday, Jenn’s first-ever celebrity guest was her former judge Simon Cowell.
Though acknowledging that the two had a “banter” with each other, Simon attributed the success of “Idol” to “people like [Jennifer].”
“It was the combination of talent, determination, and real personality,” he said, adding, “I always knew how determined you were. You were funny and you took it with grace. You got it. I always thought that about you. You got it.”