Has Simon Cowell Quit The X Factor?
Sources at ITV have stated that SiCo has decided to leave the UK series...
According to the Daily Mail, SiCo has decided to call it quits and has informed ITV executives that he will not be a judge on the British shows, despite their attempts to keep him on the panel.
An ITV source told the newspaper: "Cowell has been trying everything to make this work. ITV had told him that he didn’t need to do the auditions, just the live shows, but even so it is just not feasible."
"So what will happen now is that Cowell will likely make an appearance towards the end of the UK series and appear at the final."
The insider added: "ITV was really trying to get him to stay on the UK show ... it just won’t be the same without him.”
It is thought that ITV bosses even offered to pay for a private jet to fly him back to the UK from the US, with previous rumours stating that they apparently suggested for SiCo appear on the show via satellite link.
Reports have also claimed that the music mogul's heath fears contributed to his decision, after his mother previously aired her concerns that he was working too hard.
A pal explained to the Mail: "Everyone in his family is worried about his stress levels, he barely sleeps and has got a lot to juggle at the moment.”
Cowell has since laughed off his mum's concerns, stating: "The headline was a little bit overdramatic. I think she was concerned. You know what mums are like, 'My boy is working too hard…'"
He joked: "I think she mentioned it to someone and then it got picked up to be a bigger story. I genuinely am absolutely fine and I have got at least weeks left!"