Simon Cowell on Not Having a Phone for 3 Years and the Future of 'AGT' in Quarantine (Exclusive)

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Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, Simon Cowell doesn't regret choosing to not have a cell phone.

ET's Kevin Frazier spoke with the America's Got Talent judge ahead of the show's premiere on Tuesday night on NBC, and he talked about how he's been doing in quarantine. Cowell said it's been the longest stretch of time he's been home and acknowledged that at first it was difficult since he hasn't had a phone in three years.

"It's very simple," Cowell tells ET of the surprising choice. "It means you don't wake up to, like, 50 text messages you can't reply to. And that's what happened one morning -- I woke up and I've got 52 unread messages. And I thought, even if I reply to every one of those, I'm going to get another replying back, and then I'm going to get more that day. And I realized it was actually stopping me from working or living properly, so I just turned it off and I went a month, three months, then a year, then two years, then three years. And I love it."

"Even if you limit it, you know, you don't want your telephone to rule your life," he adds. "And I find ... when you're in a meeting or you're having a conversation or you're at dinner and someone's reading whatever they're reading on their phone, it's like we're not engaging anymore."

Cowell said he has still been communicating with others amid such a difficult time through Zoom.

"I think it's really, really important during this process to keep your mind active, stay positive," he says. "Do whatever you can do to help people who need help at this time. And just pray for this to be over. I mean, the one good thing, if there is any one good thing, is that we're -- I think most of the country has probably got the best air quality we've ever ever had. I mean, it is truly amazing."

The 60-year-old reality show judge also shared how he's been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic when it comes to his 6-year-old son, Eric, whom he shares with his girlfriend, Lauren Silverman.

"We never have the news playing in the house, number one," he reveals. "So whatever we need to talk about, you know, we shield it. We keep him away from this because at six years old, you know, look -- it's hard for all of us. But for someone that age, for any parent, I think we'd all feel the same way. You try and protect your kids through this process. But I mean, having this time with him and seeing that he's still getting schooled, etcetera, I said this many times, we're all in this together. And you know, the appreciation for the people out there who are risking their lives on the front line. You know, that's where your thoughts go. I mean, it is quite remarkable."