Cheryl Cole Sues Over X Factor Firing

Don’t expect Cheryl Cole to return to X Factor UK next year. She’s filing suit against the show, claiming they owe her unpaid wages after she was unceremoniously dumped from X Factor USA.  Cheryl was hired for the first season of X Factor, but was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger after filming two audition episodes. Via TMZ

Cheryl Cole says she signed a VERY lucrative deal to be a judge on “X Factor” back in 2011 … and even though producers fired her ass before Season 1 ever got off the ground, she wants her money … more than $2 MILLION … this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

Cole — a British pop star — says she signed a “Pay or Play” contract with Blue Orbit Productions that guaranteed her $1.8 million for Season 1 … and $2 million for Season 2 … even if she never appeared on the show.

Cole says producers also agreed to pay her a $100k wardrobe allowance for each season, $25k for a stylist, $15k-per-month for lodging in L.A. and $2,500 per month for general living expenses.

As TMZ previously reported, Cole got the chop before Season 1 aired … because producers believed the American audience wouldn’t understand her super-Britishy accent. She was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger … who was also fired and replaced by Britney Spears.

According to the lawsuit, Cole says producers did pay her the $1.8 mil for Season 1 … but stiffed her on the $2 mil for season 2, as well as all of the bonus money for expenses.

Cole is demanding more than $2.3 million in damages.

Calls to Blue Orbit have not been returned.

Stay tuned!
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