Once hyped as the next
"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," Cowell said in a statement.
That would seem to contradict what Cowell said two months ago, when he told reporters that "The X Factor" would return for a fourth season.
Fox Enterainment President Kevin Reilly said, "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."
The singing competition series has played musical chairs with its judging panel since its launch. Its original panel included Cowell, his former “American Idol” pal
That lineup would last just one season, with Abdul and Scherzinger out, replaced by young songstress
On a call with analysts Thursday,
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