December 14, 2012 06:16 AM by Donna W. Martin
Last night on The X Factor result’s show, we saw Emblem3 voted out of the competition, but we have some news that is even more shocking than that. L.A. Reid has decided he will not be returning for season three.
According to US Weekly, L.A. Reid made an announcement on Thursday, December 13 that he planned to leave the show at the end of this season. What’s going on? Why is L.A. leaving? Reid said the main reason he has chosen to leave The X Factor is his record label, Epic Records. Reid explained, “I have decided that I will not return to The X Factor next year” because “I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected.”
Reid went on to say the artist under his label deserved his attention. “I have a huge responsibility to a roster of artists.” And while he’s enjoyed discovering new talent on The X Factor, he said, “It’s kind of time for me to stop doing ‘the me’ show and get back to doing ‘the them’ show.”
Reid has been a judge on the show for two seasons and said, “It saddens me a little bit” to leave, “but only a little bit.” And he adds that his departure from the show is on good terms. “I have the utmost respect for Simon Cowell. He is the very best, and I have had the opportunity to learn so much from him.” He explained, “Working with him on X Factor has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m honored to have sat on the panel with such incredible talent.”
Reid went on to talk about his experience working with Cowell saying, “I love Simon. We have a great relationship. We have fun together, we talk, we laugh, we do bad things, we’re friends.”
We sure are going to miss Reid. How about you, what do you think about L.A. Reid leaving the show? Do you think he will come back sometime later? And who do you think would make a good replacement? Post a comment and let us know.
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