Simon Cowell Welcomes Son Eric

January 18: Simon Cowell meets his very loving fans during the Britain's Got Talent in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Simon Cowell is a first-time father. The TV star welcomed a son with girlfriend Lauren Silverman Friday at 5:45 p.m. in New York, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The baby weighed in at 6 lbs., 7 oz. The baby's name is Eric, after Cowell's father.

Cowell shared the news with his Twitter followers Friday evening.

The famously cantankerous Cowell opened up about fatherhood in September, saying he was excited.

"I am good with kids, because I like kids," Cowell said in an interview with BBC One's Breakfast morning show. "I really do like them, and I listen to them."

When asked how he reacted to the news that he'd be a dad, Cowell said: "Once I got used to it, I did get excited. … I think I will be a good dad, so I'm excited now."

But don't expect him to be changing diapers anytime soon.

"I'm not doing that. I wouldn't do that -- 100 percent absolutely not going near that," he said.

The birth comes one week after Fox canceled the American version of Cowell's "The X Factor." The show, which aired for three seasons, underperformed in the ratings during its second and third years and faced stiff competition from NBC's "The Voice."

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