Another shakeup is headed to the judges’ panel of The X Factor, approximately one year after Paula Abdul, Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger were booted from the struggling Fox talent show.
Music mogul L.A. Reid says he’s quitting Factor to return to his role as chairman of Epic Records. Reid – who along with Simon Cowell is one of the original judges on the show – won’t be back as a judge on the third season of the series.
“I have decided that I will not return to The X Factor next year. It saddens me a little bit, but only a little bit. I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected…I love Simon. We have a great relationship. We have fun together, we talk, we laugh and do bad things, we’re friends. This was a nice break but now it’s time to get back to work.”
Along with L.A’s departure, Britney Spears’ future on the panel is also in doubt. Factor producers are under pressure from the network to cut costs as the show works to secure a faithful audience, leaving the one-time Princess of Pop “expendable,” according to those in-the-know.
“Producers were hoping to pull in between 15-20 million viewers but the show hasn’t reached those expectations and in a recent episode that clashed with the World Series only 5.7 million watched. Those numbers add up to cost cutting and Britney will be expendable…”