Access Hollywood has the exclusive. LA Reid will NOT return to X Factor for Season 3! He claims that the show pulled him away from his duties as a record label executive. Time to focus on his musical performers, says LA.
via Access Hollywood
“I have decided that I will not return to ‘The X Factor’ next year,” he told Access’ Shaun Robinson in an exclusive interview. “I have to go back and I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected and it saddens me a little bit, but only a little bit.”
L.A. said he needs to get back to business as the chairman and CEO of Epic Records.
“It was a nice break, it was a nice departure from what I’ve done for the past 20 years, but now I gotta go back to work,” he said.
The exiting reality show judge said he needs to focus on his musical performers.
“I have a huge responsibility to a roster of artists and it’s kind of time for me to stop doing the ‘me’ show,” he said.
L.A. insisted he is not leaving the show on anything but good terms with boss (and fellow judge this season) Simon Cowell.
“I love Simon. We have a great relationship, we have fun together, we talk, we laugh, we do bad things, we’re friends. I owe so much to Simon,” L.A. said. “I really have a lot [of] respect for him and I always will. I support him, I support the show and I’ll always be in business with him.”
Is LA merely jumping off a sinking ship? Or perhaps is uncomfortable with the machinations of reality TV? Or perhaps he’s jumping before he’s pushed. Hm….
Who would you like to see take LA’s place? Any suggestions?