Simon Cowell slams Zayn Malik for not consulting him over TV show

Simon Cowell has blasted Zayn Malik for developing a TV show inspired by One Direction - without consulting him first.

Zayn, who quit the boy band last year to go solo, is reportedly set to executive produce a scripted TV series called Boys.

Zayn Malik in February
Zayn Malik in February (John Salangsang/AP)

But music mogul Simon told Entertainment Today: "I think he should have come to me with it, if I'm being honest with you."

However, he added: "Nothing surprises me any more."

Simon helped to create One Direction after the boys auditioned for The X Factor, and signed the band to his label Syco, launching their hugely successful global career.

One Direction
The original One Direction (Ian West/PA)

Since leaving the band, Zayn has forged a solo career with singles including Pillowtalk and Like I Would.

The 23-year-old will reportedly team up with producer Dick Wolf and Universal Television to create a show following the ups and downs of a world-famous boy band who are thrust into the spotlight.

"I just think they should come to me with these things," Simon said.

Simon Cowell in the South of France for X Factor
Simon Cowell in the South of France for X Factor (ITV/Syco)

"I do actually believe that when they've got these ideas, bearing in mind where we started, they should actually come to me."

The 56-year-old suggested he should have been involved in the TV series from the start.

He said: "I like everyone who's got ambition but I'm not going to lie, there's always part of me that thinks they should give it to me."

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