A DigitalSpy reporter tweeted just moments ago Cheryl is officially out and will be replaced by Nicole Scherzinger:
@RyanJL Fox, FreemantleMedia NA and Syco TV confirm Nicole Scherzinger is replacing Cheryl Cole on X Factor USA
A statement from Cheryl’s rep has yet to be made. Here’s the press release:
Nicole Scherzinger will be replacing Cheryl Cole on the judging panel of The X Factor. Nicole will join Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Paula Abdul on their search across America to find the next global superstar or group to win the life-changing $5 million dollar recording deal. Nicole has previously joined Simon Cowell as a guest judge on The X Factor for the UK version of the show in 2010. Steve Jones will act as sole host of The X Factor.