Dermot O’Leary compares Simon Cowell to Mariah Carey in cheeky This Morning dig

Dermot O'Leary made a cheeky dig at Simon Cowell 's "awful" timekeeping on Friday's This Morning after working with him for years.

He and co-host Rochelle Humes discussed the music mogul's tardiness after Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly claimed they tried to quit Britain's Got Talent in 2012 because of it.

Speaking to former Corrie star Nicola Thorp and telly host Matthew Wright about the issue, X Factor host Dermot compared Simon to "Mariah Carey".

He said: "He's awful at timekeeping. Mariah stages."

Having worked with him in the past too, Rochelle explained: "We're talking five [hours late]. It could be hours and hours."

Dermot teased: "In many ways it's Cowell Time – somewhere in the mid-Atlantic that only he seems to operate in and everyone else seems to go around him."

However the new dad confessed he isn't much better, as he added: "My wife calls it O'Leary Time. I'm not great."

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