“X Factor” judge/mentor Simon Cowell has been making the rounds lately to promote the upcoming season of his reality singing competition show and naturally, a hot topic of discussion is his impending fatherhood, which he tells Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” was “a bit of a shock.”

“I got used to the idea. Circumstances were a bit awkward, but, um,” Cowell grins sheepishly. “But everything’s fine now and I’m happy and she’s adorable,” he says, of his baby mama Lauren Silverman, who was the wife of a friend of Cowell’s. That’s how they met.

Above, he appears on “Ellen” during its Season 11 premiere week and he comments that he can’t blame the media for jumping on a “juicy story.”

“I obviously can’t blame the media — it was kind of what I call a juicy story. But there was a lot of stuff that was said about [Silverman], that she trapped me and that she’s a gold digger. Absolute nonsense. She’s a great girl, but like I said it was awkward because of the circumstances,” says Cowell.

Host Ellen DeGeneres also teases him that it’s for sure going to be a boy, but Cowell says we’ll all “have to wait and see.” But that doesn’t stop Ellen from giving Cowell some Simonized baby clothes (pictured below).

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Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."