After becoming a fixture of American television, the clock may have finally run out for Simon Cowell. Remember that big, bold move he made to leave “American Idol” to start up his own version of “The X Factor“? In the end, it may not be looking so fantastic now.
Fox has officially canceled the show now after three years on the air, which was a decision that likely also factored in the failure of the show to launch a star in its first two seasons. (The jury’s still out on the season 3 contestant.)
In a statement, Cowell confirmed the news of the show’s end, though he of course tried to spin by saying that he chose willingly to return to the British version of the show rather than anything happening to the institution in the United States:
“I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol,” said executive producer and judge Simon Cowell in a statement. “And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!). Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return [for the first time in four years] to the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the U.K. and I want to thank FOX for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon!”
To us, the saddest part about the show’s end is the way in which it went out: With controversy. The producers came under fire for seemingly insulting Demi Lovato with a taped package, and they also continued to forget to show the humanity in many of their contestants.
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