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LA Reid quits X Factor

2012-12-14 14:14
 
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Los Angeles - LA Reid is quitting the X Factor.

The music mogul - who along with Simon Cowell is one of the original judges on the US show - has decided not to return to the competition next year because he wants to focus on his role as chairman of Epic Records.

He told Access Hollywood: "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."

However, LA isn't planning to say goodbye to Simon, who he considers a close friend.

He added: "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."

Under pressure to cut costs

Along with LA's departure, it was recently claimed Britney Spears' future on the panel is also in doubt as producers are under pressure to cut costs.

A source said: "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. So, considering Fox has already renewed The X Factor for a third season, producers will be looking to spend less on the production of the show, including the judges' salaries.

"Britney, who was signed on a one-year deal, is the first person who will be expected to have her salary chopped. She is on a $15m contract, which is absurd given that there's been no huge surge in the ratings."

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