Cheryl Cole’s Accent Too Thick for X Factor? Lack of Chemistry with Paula Abdul?

<<attends>> the 2011 Fox Upfront at Wollman Rink - Central Park on May 16,  2011 in New York City.

An update from TMZ on the Cheryl Cole ouster

Cheryl Cole was dropped from the judging panel on “X-Factor” largely because producers were  concerned her English accent would be too difficult for an American audience to understand … sources close to the production tell TMZ.

There were other issues too — we’re told Cheryl and fellow judge Paula Abdul had a “lack of chemistry” … and Cheryl was more expendable.

Producers now want Cheryl to return to the UK version of the show — but according to sources, Cheryl’s royally pissed over how this situation was handled … and may sever ties with “X-Factor” entirely.

With Cheryl out, Steve Jones will be the only host on the show — which debuts in September — while Nicole Scherzinger fills the open seat on the judging panel.

Calls to Simon Cowell still haven’t been returned.

There were rumors early on that FOX did not want unknown Cheryl and her Newcastle accent on X Factor, and that Simon had to fight for her. I also wonder if Paula was competitive with the only other girl on the panel.

Really weird stuff. I feel bad for Cheryl, picking up and moving to the US, only to lose her job a few months later. Americans don’t know who she is, and now I guess they never will.

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