Producers angry with music mogul for appearing on BBC

Simon Cowell was almost banned from Children In Need – because ITV producers claimed it was a breach of contract.

The X Factor judge ruffled feathers last week when he appeared on BBC2’s Top Gear and bosses were determined not to let him appear on the rival channel again.

But Simon – who signed a £20 million deal with ITV – was reportedly so outraged by the decision that ITV were forced to back down.

‘Simon was furious,’ a source tells The Sun. ‘Children In Need is close to his heart.’

The 48-year-old will join fellow judges Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne on tonight’s live show to introduce star act Leona Lewis.

Children In Need begins at 7pm on BBC1.

SEE VIDEO of Simon Cowell on Top Gear…

Alison Adey