L.A. Reid leaving The X Factor

L.A. Reid has confirmed he will not be returning to The X Factor next season.

The Epic Records head honcho will depart the show after spending two seasons on the judging panel in order to return to his job at the record label.

“I have the utmost respect for Simon Cowell,” Reid said this week. “He is the very best, and I have had the opportunity to learn so much from him. Working with him on X Factor has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m honored to have sat on the panel with such incredible talent.”

Reid was the only judge besides Cowell to survive past the first season, with Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger both receiving the boot alongside host Steve Jones.

“Of course, I will miss the show,” Reid added. “In my opinion Simon attracts the best talent but I’m looking forward to getting back to my core business and the responsibility of running Epic Records.”

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