According to The Sun, Simon wants to focus more on the US version of X Factor next year, and previous press reports suggested that if X Factor in the UK returned, it would start in November to allow Simon time to complete the US X Factor.
Simon confirmed this when he told the Daily Mirror, “Yes, X Factor will have to move, and we have to decide whether we can make the show better. Do people want it back?
“Even though I have got some plans, I’m going wait a few more weeks before I make a final decision.”
And of BGT, Simon told The Sun, “I have [an ITV contract] for this year and that is it. At the moment you are going to see me doing one show [next year], and not in England.
“There has got to be a mood here for these shows, and I have always been very conscious of that.
“You can’t force anything. It has got to be fun. The minute it stops becoming fun, bye bye.”
However, an ITV source told the paper, “We expect he’ll be back on the X Factor. It’s such a huge show and Simon is integral to it.
“We envision moving the show to October or November and screening the auditions while he does the live show in the States.
“Then he can return for the live shows in January.”