ITV execs confirmed today that Simon Cowell will not be doing this year’s X Factor in the UK to concentrate on making the US version.
However, the ITV director of television, Peter Fincham, said he was “completely comfortable” with Cowell’s absence from the show.
“Some of the speculation about us pleading with Simon to be a judge makes me smile,” said Fincham. “I constantly hear we are in crisis but in reality we have an amazingly constructive relationship with Simon and are very much reading from the same page.
“We are talking to him about ways he can have an on-screen presence later in the show. He will not be a weekly judge, but he will be an enormous presence backstage as always.”
ITV signed a new three-year contract to broadcast the two shows last year, in a deal said to be worth £20m to Cowell, who also co-produces The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent through his company Syco. But his growing US commitments have led to intense speculation about his on-screen involvement in the UK shows.
The broadcaster will confirm Cowell’s replacement in the next few weeks, along with the rest of The X Factor panel. Cheryl Cole, the show’s biggest star after Cowell, may also follow him to the US.
What will this mean for Cheryl? Well, this pretty much confirms Cheryl’s exit aswell regardless of her doing the US one or not, so stay tuned and find out the announcement in the next few weeks.