Britney Spears is jumping ship before "The X Factor" jumps the shark!
The pop star has reportedly decided to take an exit from her seat at the judge's table of the hit singing competition after only one season. A source tells People magazine, "She has made the decision that she won't be returning. She wants to concentrate on her music."
This marks the second exit from the show for the current roster of judges. L.A. Reid had previously announced that he was leaving to focus on his music company.
With the news of her decision to leave, Britney joins an exclusive group of stars who have made an early exit from hit shows. Here are a few of the stars who left their shows too soon:
Charlie Sheen: Once upon a time he was the biggest star on television with a hit show and a big paycheck. For seven seasons, the actor ruled the airwaves as TV's favorite bad boy Charlie Harper on the hit CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men." It all came unraveled in 2011 when the star decided to have a public meltdown by declaring a verbal war on the show's creator Chuck Lorre. He ultimately got his walking papers from the show and landed in rehab. As it goes in Hollywood, the show must go on and Ashton Kutcher was added to the cast to keep the laughs going. Charlie landed on his feet when he snagged the lead role in the FX sitcom "Anger Management." The show's debut episode earned the title as the most watched sitcom premiere in cable history. It has been renewed for a record 90 episodes with the second season premiere scheduled for January 17.
David Caruso: Long before he put on his shades for "CSI: Miami" the red-headed actor was the up-and-coming star of the early 1990s with his role as Detective John Kelly on "NYPD Blue." It didn't take long until his success went to his head and he asked for a mega-bucks raise for season two of the police drama. Rather than pay up, the show decided to go in another direction and wrote his character out of the show. He returned to television nearly a decade later in the role of Lt. Horation Caine on "CSI: Miami."
Suzanne Somers: She has been a mainstay of television for nearly four decades, but she made one of the biggest boo-boos in Hollywood history. In the late 1970s, the actress was catapulted to fame in the role of air-headed Chrissy Snow on the hit sitcom "Three's Company." It wasn't until the fifth season that she tried to use her personal fame to leverage a big raise from the shows creators in order to match the salaries of some of the decades biggest male actors such as Alan Alda. The creators balked at the idea of paying the actress $150,000 per episode and an ownership stake in the show's profits so they handed her a pink slip. She would return to television in the 1990s with a starring role in the sitcom "Step by Step" and build her own entrepreneurial empire.
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