Britney Spears is not returning as a judge to X Factor, according to TMZ. SURPRISE! Not.
Britney Spears will NOT be a judge on “X Factor” next season — and it’s entirely her doing … TMZ has learned.
We have unimpeachable sources who tell us Britney loves the show but wants to focus on her music … which she is doing right now. Britney is in the studio recording her 8th album, with some help from Will.i.am and producer Hit-Boy, the brains behind Kanye and Jay-Z’s “N****s in Paris.”
One of our sources tells us … “Britney loves Simon, she likes Demi Lovato but her thing is music.”
We’re told after she completes the album, Britney is seriously considering going on tour again.
Walking away from $15 mil …Yeah, she’s that rich.
THR reports that Britney will not be offered an extension to her one year contract. And Yahoo reports that discussions about next season’s judges began over the holiday (Simon is in Barbados) and Britney never figured into next season’s plans. Reportedly, Simon already has an idea of who he’d like to replace Brit.
When FOX honcho, Kevin Reilly, told the executive panel at TCA on Tuesday that Britney did a great job on the panel that he would welcome her back, I figured his remarks were about allowing Britney to quit rather than be fired. And wouldn’t you know–two days later news leaks that she’s leaving…
She brought zero personality or insight to the judges’ table. All she had was her fame, which didn’t help the ratings at all. I thought it was depressing watching her flat affect, likely an effect of the drugs she takes to treat her bipolar disorder. If Simon hired her, hoping she’d have a meltdown, well shame on him.
Maybe the Britney Spears fiasco is an object lesson–that big ratings don’t necessarily result from plunking a big name on a judges’ panel. Paying a huge salary for celebrity notoriety results in no payback, unless the celeb brings charisma and chemistry to the table.
Now, let the replacement judge rumors begin!
Read more at TMZ