At the FOX executive session at the Television Critics Association tour today in Pasadena, network chief, Kevin Reilly, told reporters that no decision has been made on renewing X Factor for a 4th season.
“There is no decision. I love him. He’s doing what he should do as a producer,” Reilly says of Simon Cowell’s claim that “X Factor” may come back. He admits that FOX is disappointed by ratings, but emphasizes how well the brand has done around the world. “If the show were to come back, it would not be in the current format we have,” Reilly says. They have an option date in the next week, but they probably won’t decide for another. “He’s never going to be out of it. It’s his format. It’s his creation,” he says of Simon Cowell, though he may not be on-camera.
As we reported earlier, X Factor is collecting info via surveys regarding possible format changes that would shorten the season to 8 weeks, with only one full week of live shows, including the finale. Read about it HERE. If X Factor DOES come back, expect big, big changes next season.