It has been confirmed and the news is official X Factor fans, Fox has cancelled the US version of the singing competition.
Simon Cowell revealed earlier today that he is returning to the UK and fronting the British version of the singing show once more in 2014 and at the time, some sources suggested that the American series would have to be given a rest.
However other so called insiders claimed the music mogul would try to commute across the Atlantic and appear on both shows at the same time this autumn. It would have been pretty time consuming, especially with a new baby in tow.
Cowell won’t have to put himself through all that jet setting and jet lag though, as it’s been revealed tonight that X Factor USA has been crossed off Fox’s Fall schedule.
The format has suffered from declining rations over it’s three seasons and this afternoon Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly and FremantleMedia North America president of entertainment Trish Kinane released statements, citing Simon’s return to Britain as the reason behind it’s cancellation. We all know it’s more than that.
“I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol,” said Cowell in a statement. “And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!). Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the U.K. and I want to thank Fox for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon!”
Reilly added: “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. A consummate showman and partner, there’s no one more passionate or creative than Simon, and we feel so fortunate to have enjoyed such a wonderful, collaborative relationship with him over the past 12 years. Unfortunately, there is no X Factor 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.”
When Cowell was preparing to launch X Factor USA in 2011 he insisted that any viewing figures lower than 20 million would be a disappointment to him and his team.
The show struggled to get above 11m for it’s first run and last year audience numbers dipped to just over 4m at one stage.
The decline in numbers was highlighted especially in comparison to NBC’s rival competition The Voice, which went head to head with and regularly beat the Simon Cowell vehicle each week.
It’s been reported that Fox bosses did toy with bringing The X Factor back but with a tweaked format. They apparently looking into bringing it back for less hours per week, and changing it’s time slot. In the end they decided to wield their might axe instead.
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