L.A. Reid quits X Factor, kind of like America

The X Factor judge L.A. Reid won’t return for season three, quitting the show after being two seasons and arguably its break-out star, if this disastrous mess of a show can have such a thing.

L.A.’s announcement comes as viewers are leaving, too: Survivor easily beat X Factor again last night, among overall viewers and viewers 18 to 49; it dropped 7 percent compared to the previous week (though, in fairness, Survivor also dropped by 3 percent). A month ago, though, the reverse was true, as the Fox series was beating the CBS series. Overall, X Factor’s numbers aren’t terrible, but they are far from what the money and hype should be earning.

“I have decided that I will not return to The X Factor next year. I have to go back and I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected and it saddens me a little bit, but only a little bit,” Reid told Access Hollywood.

He also said that being on the Fox series “was fun! I had a great time,” and also said, “I love Simon. … I really have a lot [of] respect for him and I always will. I support him, I support the show and I’ll always be in business with him.” He said that “I’m not ruling ever coming back, but I’m definitely not coming back next year.”

The question is, will there be a show for him to maybe return to some day?

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