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Fox cancels “X Factor USA” following Cowell’s exit

Fox has cancelled X Factor USA, following series producer Simon Cowell's decision to exit and return to the show's UK version later this year.
February 10, 2014

Fox has cancelled X Factor USA, following series producer Simon Cowell’s decision to exit and return to the show’s UK version later this year.

The singing competition show, coproduced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment, launched in 2011 and had a three-season run Stateside.

“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,” said Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment for Fox, in a statement.

“I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol,” added Cowell in a statement. “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.”

Trish Kinane, president of entertainment programming and EP at FremantleMedia North America, added that “Simon’s return to the UK X Factor has been long anticipated.”

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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