Lindsay Lohan won’t be an X Factor judge

A ridiculous rumor surfaced over the weekend that perpetual trainwreck Lindsay Lohan would be judging the Fox version of The X Factor this fall, but Simon Cowell’s production company says that’s not true, which is obvious because it’s ridiculous.

The Daily Mirror reported that Simon “is keen to make her a judge on US X Factor because “He believes Lindsay, who is fighting drink and drugs addiction, has been jailed twice for breaking a drink-drive probation and was back in court this week, would be perfect,” and so she “is already being counselled on how to cope with the show’s gruelling seven-city audition process.”

The newspaper quoted an anonymous “show insider” who said, “Simon wants him and three beautiful girls on the panel. He will sit there like the cat that got the cream. Lindsay is notorious but she will give the show an edginess. There’s been serious talks but Lindsay’s legal issues and her commitment to stay sober need to be worked through. She knows this could turn her life around.”

But of course, Simon Cowell’s Syco publicist Ann-Marie Thomson confirmed to Radar that “Lohan will not be part of the show” and “she wasn’t even talked to about the job.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.