Did Simon Cowell Get the Gag Order?

I mentioned it here at the beginning of this season's American Idol, read in online, saw it on TV. Simon and even Randy and Paula were being too harsh on the contestants that were auditioning.  Have you noticed that since then, all three, and especially Simon, have pulled in their claws just a bit? Yeah, Simon is still saying the things he always has, but there is definitely not the venom or condescending attitude that was there before. Is it just me, or have you noticed it too? (And Lakisha has this year sewed up, by the way.)