L.A Reid Announces ‘X Factor USA’ Departure

Published: Friday 14th Dec 2012 by Sam

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. Jer December 14, 2012

    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

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  3. Rita Godra December 14, 2012

    Good. Cause I’m sick of this homosexual

  4. NAVI December 14, 2012

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

  5. Joe December 14, 2012

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

  6. BABY T December 14, 2012

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

    • OK December 14, 2012

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

    • speechless December 14, 2012

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

    • JER December 14, 2012

      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

    • IDK December 15, 2012


  7. J December 14, 2012

    lol bye b****

  8. Diamonds (Beyonce’s Weave) December 14, 2012

    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.

    • speechless December 14, 2012

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

  9. OK December 14, 2012

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

    • irene46 December 14, 2012

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

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  11. Sleazy December 14, 2012

    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

    • IDK December 15, 2012

      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. speechless December 14, 2012

    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.

    • JER December 14, 2012

      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. L-Boz December 15, 2012

    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…

    • IDK December 15, 2012


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