In a surprising announcement, the ‘X Factor’ judge and mentor has decided that he will not be coming back for another season. What happened? Read on for more details.
Why Is L.A. Reid Leaving ‘The X Factor’?
“I have decided that I will not return to The X Factor next year,” L.A. told Access Hollywood. “I have to go back and I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected and it saddens me a little bit, but only a little bit.”
L.A. is the chairman and CEO of Epic Records.
“It was a nice break, it was a nice departure from what I’ve done for the past 20 years, but now I gotta go back to work,” L.A. said. “I have a huge responsibility to a roster of artists and it’s kind of time for me to stop doing the ‘me’ show.”
L.A. said his decision had nothing to do with the other judges, including his boss Simon Cowell.
“I love Simon. We have a great relationship, we have fun together, we talk, we laugh, we do bad things, we’re friends. I owe so much to Simon,” L.A. said. “I really have a lot [of] respect for him and I always will. I support him, I support the show and I’ll always be in business with him.”
The music producer turned celebrity judge who worked on the show for two seasons says he’s not saying goodbye entirely.
“I’m not ruling ever coming back, but I’m definitely not coming back next year,” he said. “I have a job to do and once I get some work done and get some momentum then maybe I’ll revisit the idea a little later.”
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