L.A. Reid Is Leaving ‘The X Factor’


Antonio L.A. Reid, one of the judges on the US version of The X Factor has announced that he is leaving the show at the end of this season. Reid, a longtime producer and music mogul, has decided to hang up his reality TV judging/mentoring hat and focus on his career in the music business instead. There is only one week left of X Factor competition before season 2 comes to a close so we still have a little L.A. to look forward in our lives but he will NOT be on the judging panel next year.

L.A. Reid is leaving “The X Factor.” The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the reality TV judge will not be returning to the Fox series for season three. The Epic Records chairman will return to his full-time gig of running the Sony music label with plans to invest renewed energy and vigor into developing new and signed talent. “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,” said Reid. “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 the first judge hired by Cowell for season one last year. He was also the only judge to survive a brutal bloodbath that saw fellow judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, as well as host Steve Jones, fired prior to season two … “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,” added Reid.

I like L.A. but I don’t love him. I think he’s a good judge and a great mentor but I really won’t miss him on the show, to be honest. It remains to be seen if fellow judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato will return as judges next year but we’ll just have to wait and see. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed watching The X Factor this season but, honestly, I only watch for Britney. If she doesn’t return next season, I won’t return either. That said, I liked the chemistry of these judges and I think they gave us a very entertaining season of competitive TV. I suspect we’ll be hearing sooner than later if our dear Britney will be back next season. If they want to keep me as a viewer, they’re going to have to bring her back … and very likely, pay her a lot more money.


  • miguel

    I hope Lovato doesn’t return – I want that new album!!

  • Emmaa

    I have a feeling that Britney won´t be coming back either next year. She is too expensive and i think the producers are not happy with the ratings that they thought she would bring. Bad ratings are not her fault is the bad editing and the show being too scripted. Truth is these type of reality shows has been going down hill for so long and people are getting tired off them. Personally my biggest turn off with these kinda shows are the sloppy stories. They go on and on. I mean it sucks but so many others in this world are in the same position today. There are too many people in the world today that don´t know do they have home tomorrow or job to go to. It is the picture of the world today.
    Personally i really liked Britney on XFactor. I think the start was kinda rough on her but i think she has got so much better and more confident. She has been the best mentor for sure. She knows her shit. I would love her to do next season also. Im pretty sure her next album won´t be coming out till late fall next year so she could totally rock the next season….. Like i said, i think it won´t happen but i wanna be wrong.

  • Joanna

    I can’t remember where I heard this but I thought I heard Britney was coming back at least for one more year. I could be very very wrong though. When I heard L.A. wasn’t coming back he gave a suggestion of who he would like to see replace him. He said he’d like to see Jon Bon Jovi on te judges table. While I think that would be a fantastic choice and it would definitely get people to watch, I don’t think the show would want another guy who they would have to pay huge bucks for. If I’m right and Britney does come back, she wouldn’t do it for less than $20 million and Bon Jovi would probably want if not that pretty close to that and two big paychecks just isn’t worth it to the show. It will be interesting to see who they do get to replace L.A. I just hope it’s someone with a lot of music experience either as a producer or as a fantastic singer.

  • JeniLeeSK8

    I personally hope they dont bring Britney back. I love her but she’s not meant for this type of gig and she is not worth the salary they paid her. She recycles the same 3 comments over and over again and just always looks SO out of it. I’ve seen LA have to nudge her so she knows its her turn to talk at least 5 times this season. LA was great last year but this year did not seem really invested so I am glad he is leaving as well. But it will suck only having Simon be the only judge left on the panel that knows what he is talking about.

    • @JeniLeeSK8 — Britney Spears is the Queen of the Universe and ‘The X Factor’ would be BLESSED to have her back again. That said, I hope she spends her 2013 working on a new album and a new tour so if she doesn’t come back, I’d be OK with that. Watching that show is kind of tedious — Britney is the only thing worth watching for me.

    • JeniLeeSK8

      I love Britney but cmon Trent. She doesnt add anything to the show except boring recycled comments and blank stares!

      David Correy was the one who made it worth watching for me plus Carly and Tate. Still pissed LA eliminated David. Going by his number of followers on twitter he wouldve won by a LANDSLIDE

  • Dezden

    I was just thinking about it earlier… who would be back next year. Then I heard this and then read this post. I’m wondering about Britbrit and Demi as well. We’ll see. Demi drives me nuts (and I liked her before the show). Not like Nicole Sherzinger, but yeah.