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.