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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.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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