Simon Cowell ‘If I don’t reach X Factor deal, I will take a break’

by Lisa McGarry


Simon Cowell has admitted that there may be no X Factor series on ITV next year. Simon is pushing for ITV to allocate the show an increased budget, so that he can make it bigger and better than ever before. If the channel can’t afford to do it, then Simon says that he is happy to take some time off instead.

Speaking to The News Of The World the 50 year old said:

“The reason we haven’t announced anything for next year is we’re seeing if we can work something out that will allow The X Factor to stay on in the UK for a few more years.

“Everyone is really stretched right now. We need more people working on the show and that costs money.

“There are a lot of people working 18 hours a day, seven days a week trying to keep this show running. We need more people. So I need that commitment from ITV. If you hire more dancers, more stylists, you need to add to the budgets.

“Plus, when we’re flying people all around the world we need money.

“Most people out there at the moment are asking for salary increases. We just want the money for the show. I haven’t asked for more money. I’m not looking for a pay rise. I wouldn’t ask for a raise if it meant we had less money for the show.

“If we don’t reach a deal with ITV I will simply take a break. I am not going to work for anyone other than ITV and if we couldn’t come to a deal then we would say, ‘Thanks for the last few years, we’ve had a great time and that’s it.’

“If we’re not going to work with ITV then that would be the end of The X Factor.”

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Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!