Media mogul Simon Cowell has been quite frank about his love of smoking, but for this year’s X Factor, it’s costing the judge quite a bit.

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Due to strict rules in the studio, anyone who is smoking inside has to pay a fine of £100 (€141), which means for every single smoke he takes, he has to pay that amount, costing him thousands during the series.

With the judge’s tight time schedule during filming, and his love of tobacco, the 56-year-old has been forced to light-up despite it being classed as a place of work.

The severe pace of the show is said to be why the record label executive couldn’t wait till after the cameras stopped rolling.