Simon Cowell has confirmed that he’ll be returning to judge the UK version of The X Factor this fall, and apparently, the show can't go on without him across the pond. The media mogul has been a judge on X Factor USA for the past three years, so it's no surprise that his departure played a big part in the show's cancellation. FOX announced today that, given Simon’s decision to return to the UK, they would not be picking up X Factor USA for a fourth season.
FOX has decided not to renew X Factor USA for a fourth season. (Brian To/WENN)
"To all of us at FOX, Simon is more than one of the most prolific TV personalities of our time –he’s part of our family,” FOX President Kevin Reilly said in a statement on Friday. “Unfortunately, there is no X Factor USA without Simon Cowell, but we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life. We wish him the very best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together again soon.”
Simon is due to become a father for the first time when girlfriend Lauren Silverman gives birth later this month.
The X Factor cancellation comes just days after Chase Carey, the CEO of 21st Century Fox, acknowledged that the network’s former ratings leader, American Idol, is slowly coming to the end of its run.
"We know American Idol is winding down," Chase Carey told The Hollywood Reporter."(It’s) not a show that drives the whole network in the way it did in years past…Ratings for American Idol and X Factor fell faster than we’d hoped."
The FOX singing show just began its thirteenth season.