The X Factor
USA has been canceled by Fox.
The Simon Cowell
talent show was on the air for three seasons. The series producer and judge earlier announced his return to the UK X Factor
2013 judges Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland and Simon Cowell
Cowell said in a statement: "I've had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor
and American Idol
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
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!"
2012 judges LA Reid, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and Cowell
Fox Broadcasting Company chairman of entertainment Kevin Reilly
said: "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.
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 departed the UK X Factor
in 2011 to launch the US version. However, it got off to a bad start when first pick judge Cheryl Cole left
after only a few days' filming and original host Steve Jones was mocked by American TV critics.
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Cheryl Cole during brief US stint
Kelly Rowland and Cowell last year
The record label boss predicted that the show would get 20 million viewers
, but it never came close to that figure and it was also easily beaten by rival talent shows American Idol
and The Voice
. It also never found a breakout star.
judges' table over the three seasons underwent some changes, with Paula
Abdul, LA Reid and Nicole Scherzinger joining Cowell for the first
Demi Lovato and Britney Spears replaced the outgoing
Scherzinger and Abdul in 2012, while last year's run featured Cowell,
Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio.
The 54-year-old mogul is also expecting his first child
later this month with Lauren Silverman.