There’s no X Factor without Simon Cowell, apparently. Following the music mogul’s decision to return to the UK version of his talent show, Fox have confirmed The X Factor USA will end after three seasons.
Confirming his departure from the American format – which has suffered struggled to attract viewers during its recent season – Cowell said, “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 UK version of The X Factor in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the UK 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!”
Kevin Reilly – Fox’s chairman of entertainment – confirmed the show’s cancellation, stating, “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 USA 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.”
Cowell first departed the ITV series back in 2011 in order to launch the show over in America. During its three seasons the US version has seen various judging line-ups with Paula Abdul, LA Reid, Nicole Scherzinger, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Kelly Rowland and Paula Rubio all appearing on the panel. But the show failed to find a breakout star and after faltering in the ratings – never reaching the heights of American Idol or The Voice – Fox’s cancellation does not come as a surprise.
However, The X Factor – withSimon Cowell – will return to ITV later this year. Read our guide to the contenders for the remaining three judging spots.