L.A Reid Announces ‘X Factor USA’ Departure

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The X Factor USA will once again see its judging panel re-jigged next year. For, L.A Reid has today announced that he will not be returning for the show’s third season.

Details below…

In an exclusive statement to Access Hollywood, the industry veteran cites slight neglect of his CEO duties at Epic Records as the main catalyst for his decision:

“I have decided that I will not return to ‘The X Factor’ next year. I have to go back and I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected and it saddens me a little bit, but only a little bit.

It was a nice break, it was a nice departure from what I’ve done for the past 20 years, but now I gotta go back to work. I have a huge responsibility to a roster of artists and it’s kind of time for me to stop doing the ‘me’ show.

I’m not ruling ever coming back, but I’m definitely not coming back next year. I have a job to do and once I get some work done and get some momentum then maybe I’ll revisit the idea a little later.”

Of his relationship with fellow judge and the show’s creator Simon Cowell moving forward, he added:

“I love Simon. We have a great relationship, we have fun together, we talk, we laugh, we do bad things, we’re friends. I owe so much to Simon. I really have a lot [of] respect for him and I always will. I support him, I support the show and I’ll always be in business with him.”

On what he’s taking away from the experience:

“I probably have to say its understanding television a little bit better. I do everything sort of as a strategist, so really, the idea was go and learn television. I know a little bit about it, so now let’s go produce some shows!

Finally, on his X Factor judging successor, Reid beamed:

“You know who I would love to see take it, and by the way I have nothing to do with it, but my choice would be like Jon Bon Jovi. That’s who I would pick.”

If we’re to keep it entirely 100, we feel Mr Reid made the right decision, for the absolute right reason.

Having launched the careers of Toni Braxton, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber, as well as resurrecting Mariah Carey‘s, the 56 year old clearly has a midas touch his roster could certainly benefit more from. And with the present Epic roster being particularly promising (see: Ciara, Marcus Canty, Melanie Amaro, Future), the prospect of what the label can do now is oh so exciting.

Tidbit: We doubt LA or X Factor are losing much sleep over this. For, as it stands, the winner’s record deal will still be with Epic. Needless to say, all involved are still “winning”.

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  1. December 14, 2012 at 4:34 am
    Jer says:

    Good get your tired ass out! Trying to take credit for artists success just cuz you signed them… Along with how many others flops?? Gurlbye

    • December 14, 2012 at 4:51 am


  2. December 14, 2012 at 4:51 am


  3. December 14, 2012 at 5:53 am
    Rita Godra says:

    Good. Cause I’m sick of this homosexual

  4. December 14, 2012 at 6:11 am
    NAVI says:

    Some of ya’ll who commenting above wish Mr Reid sign ya’ll broke ass.

  5. December 14, 2012 at 6:18 am
    Joe says:

    I hate this dude on the show anyway, he acts like he hates females

  6. December 14, 2012 at 7:29 am
    BABY T says:

    Yes stop doing X Factor and go help Ciara’s career. Her comeback was a big flop!

    • December 14, 2012 at 8:41 am
      OK says:

      Nothing can help Ciara’s career. Her time has come and gone. He should just drop her already.

    • December 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm
      speechless says:

      It’s got YOU talking about her. You mad?

    • December 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm
      JER says:

      THANK YOU!!!!!!!! LA Reid aint done a damn thing in 20 years but steal Toni and TLC’s money. All he does is sit on talented people’s money GET YOU BAFOON ASS BACK TO 1992 and have every motherfucking seat

    • December 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm
      IDK says:


  7. December 14, 2012 at 8:07 am
    J says:

    lol bye b****

  8. December 14, 2012 at 8:33 am
    Diamonds (Beyonce's Weave) says:

    This is good, maybe now he can block Ciara’s horrible single choices, hopefully even send her back to the studio. As it stands right now, Ciara is burning money she won’t be able to recoup.

    • December 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm
      speechless says:

      Your avi is someone whose last album never went platinum. have several seats.

  9. December 14, 2012 at 8:42 am
    OK says:

    He’s probably leaving because the ratings are so low.

    • December 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm
      irene46 says:

      ratings have taken a fall. britney needs to grab his hand on his way out the door.

  10. December 14, 2012 at 11:01 am
    Monstarebel says:


  11. December 14, 2012 at 11:47 am
    Sleazy says:

    Thank god!!!! Now he can get it together with Ciara She needs to stop releasing singles “She likes” (don’t get me wrong they good) but she needs to release more commercial music that’s gonna get her up there!! And the releasing the video and single the same day then releasing on itunes a week after DOES NOT WORK stop that s*** epic

    • December 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm
      IDK says:

      RIGHT!!!!!!!!!! I never got why she released them on itunes soo late. Thats just stupid. I love her to death do us part but damn cici. smh.

  12. December 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm
    speechless says:

    Most of yall need to be kissing the ground he walks on because without LA Reid your fav would still be living in a shack in barbados or working at mcdonalds.

    • December 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm
      JER says:

      I see that Rihanna shade, sorry but Rihanna was still nobody after LA “signed” her. It wasn’t until BeYAWNce told Jay-Z to give this ho a chance that Rihanna exploded. If it was up to LA Reid then Rihanna would be a host for a reality show now not the biggest superstar in the world

  13. December 15, 2012 at 9:59 am
    L-Boz says:

    I respect him for signing TLC and Toni but can’t stand his ass for making them broke and still keeping their profits from their biggest selling albums…

    • December 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm
      IDK says:


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