‘The X Factor’: Simon Cowell still trying to explain Cheryl Cole exit

September 21 is the launch date.

When “The X Factor” launches on September 21, we are going to get the opportunity to see Cheryl Cole in action as a “guest” judge — meaning that she is simply not going to be around for very long. When the former Girls Aloud singer was removed from the show earlier this year, it ignited a wildfire of controversy suggesting that she was unceremoniously kicked to the curb, that her accent was somehow “too thick” for the show, and that she did not get along well with Paula Abdul.

For all of you speculators out there, Simon Cowell has a simple message for you — Cheryl’s exit doesn’t have anything to do with those rumors (which have been blasted many times as false). Speaking in a new interview, the former “American Idol” judge seems to be blaming the media for creating all sorts of excitement about Cole before there was really any reason to be so elated:

“After two cities, I offered [Cheryl] the job, which initially she accepted. And then unfortunately when it went public, the negotiations fell apart, so I thought she would be more comfortable doing the U.K. show than the American show.

“For certain reasons, [she] decided not to [come back to the U.K.] And that’s why it ended up the way it is.”

In reality, it’s likely that we are never actually going to hear the full story when it comes to why Cheryl was axed from the show — so instead, we can only hope that she finds some other way to shine moving forward.

What do you think about Cowell’s new comments?

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