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Well, some sad (breaking) news for my X-Factor family and I . Fox has decided not to renew the show for another season.
The news came out today, the same day judge and executive producer Simon Cowell announced he would return to the UK version of the show. Both Simon and Fox have said the decision to cancel the show was because of Simon's departure.
In a statement, Simon had this to say:
“I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol. And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!). Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the U.K. and I want to thank Fox for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon!”
Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly had this to say:
“To all of us at Fox, Simon is more than one of the most prolific TV personalities of our time –he’s part of our family. A consummate showman and partner, there’s no one more passionate or creative than Simon, and we feel so fortunate to have enjoyed such a wonderful, collaborative relationship with him over the past 12 years. Unfortunately, there is no X Factor without Simon Cowell, but we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life. We wish him the very best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together again soon.”
Judge Demi Lovato, who is about to embark on her new tour, has already said she would not return for another season.
While I am going to miss working on the show I definitely respect Simon's wishes and know we haven't seen or heard the last of him around here ;) Have a great weekend everyone!