Britney Spears will not be returning as a judge on "X Factor."
According to TV Guide, Spears is leaving the show because she knew she wasn't going to be asked to return for another season.
There have been conflicting reports surrounding Britney's "X Factor" exit.
A few weeks ago, Us Weekly reported that Britney was about to be fired. "Britney will get the boot. Producers wanted her for the long haul, but it isn't working. They paid all that for her to say 'amazing' and offer half-claps."
FOX's entertainment chair Kevin Reilly denied the report, and even complimented Britney's performance. "I thought it went very, very well. It was fraught with unknowns, and I think Britney did a very good job. People are fascinated with her and always will be. Last year the ratings were a little bit higher, but I think it was a better show this year. I think she tucked in really nicely on the bench."
Then last night, TMZ reported that Spears was leaving the show in order to focus on her music career. "Britney loves Simon, she likes Demi Lovato but her thing is music."
Why We're Not Surprised
Given the nature of these somewhat conflicting reports, it sounds like Brit-Brit is bailing in order to save face, jumping ship because she knows she'll probably get fired anyway.
And it's just as well because "X Factor" seems to be a sinking ship. The show failed to bring in the ratings that Simon Cowell predicted. The judging panel seems to be a revolving door, and last year's winner, Melanie Amaro has yet to produce her debut album.
Still, it's a shame that Brit-Brit wasn't able to make more of her opportunity on the show. After years of personal struggles, fans were rooting for her to make a glorious comeback. Instead, she spent much of the season looking zonked out and giving vapid one-line critiques. For $15 million, one would have hoped that she would take her a job a bit more seriously.
Did Britney make the right decision to leave "X Factor"? Would she have been fired anyway? Will Simon find a way to save this train wreck of a show?
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