L.A. Reid leaving X-Factor USA judging panel, emphasizing that he is in good terms with Simon Cowell

By on Dec 14, 2012 in Entertainment, Music, Television, United States Comments

Updated: January 10, 2013 6:45 p.m.

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L.A. Reid is leaving X-Factor USA next year, after being one of the show judges for the first two seasons. Reid, 56, who is currently the Chairman and CEO of Epic Records, said he will not be returning to the show on its Season 3, with auditions being expected to start in March 2013.

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L.A. Reid at X-Factor USA
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“I have decided that I will not return to ‘The X-Factor‘ next year. 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. Reid tells Shaun Robinson of Access Hollywood in an exclusive interview this Thursday, December 13, 2012.

“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.” Reid added, noting that he will always support the show, and that he has nothing but good words for Simon Cowell, who is now being joined by Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as show judges.

L.A. Reid noted that he is not closing its door of returning to the show later, emphasizing that he now needs to focus on his musical performers. But for the meantime, he said he would love to see Jon Bon Jovi to be his replacement as the X-Factor USA judge.

“I have the utmost respect for Simon Cowell. He is the very best, and I have had the opportunity to learn so much from him. Working with him on X-Factor has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m honored to have sat on the panel with such incredible talent.” Reid was quoted at The Hollywood Reporter.

“Of course, I will miss the show. In my opinion Simon attracts the best talent but I’m looking forward to getting back to my core business and the responsibility of running Epic Records.” L.A. Reid added, with the X-Factor USA Season 2 to have the final performances on Wednesday, December 19, and season finale on Thursday, December 20.

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