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Simon Cowell Insists That Cheryl Cole Wasn't Fired

Jun 7, 2011 12:10 PM

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Simon Cowell is finally speaking out on the controversy surrounding Cheryl Cole's exit from the U.S. version of The X Factor.

He tells the U.K.'s The Sun that the decision for Cole to leave the show was "never personal." Instead, he realized she just wasn't ready for America.

    "I'm sorry. I'm not a monster. I hope we're still close friends. She's still a star. The hardest thing to accept is that everyone has painted me as a monster because I embarrassed her. ... But the truth was I was protecting her. I just want people to be in the best place at the right time."
    "It wasn't that she was terrible - she was good. I just thought she'd be happier in the UK."

Cowell said that Cole's accent had nothing to do with the decision, despite rumors, and that she was not "fired."

    "We noticed she was quieter than normal. The feeling was that she was slightly out of her comfort zone in America. ... The intention was to do it quietly and say to her she had an option to rejoin the UK show. ... At the end of the day we were saying, 'Move to another show for even more money'. There was an offer of around £2.5million on the table including bonuses. How is that sacking someone?"

Cowell revealed that he wasn't the one to inform Cole of the decision -- instead it was the show's executive producer Richard Holloway.

    "I wasn't the right person. I felt she would be more comfortable to hear it from him."

Cole now won't appear on the U.K. X Factor either. She had been a judge on that show since 2008.

Cowell said Cole was given a deadline to decide if she would return to the U.K.'s The X Factor, but she let it pass without informing anyone of her choice. Then, she was offered a last chance to return to the U.S. show, where she was still under contract. But Cole and her manager, The Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am, couldn't come to an agreement with The X Factor.

What do you think of Simon's statements? Was Cheryl Cole fired?




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It's Official: Nicole Scherzinger Replaces Cheryl Cole On The X Factor

Jun 6, 2011 11:33 AM

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Fox confirmed Monday that Nicole Scherzinger, who was acting as co-host of the new, U.S. version of The X Factor will replace Cheryl Cole as a judge on the show.

Cole got the boot about 10 days ago; rumored reasons included that the British singer's accent, weight, chemistry with her fellow judges and lack of celebrity in America were all problems. Scherzinger will join judges Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Paula Abdul.

Reportedly, Cole will still get the $1.5 million she was owed under her contract with the show. The British songstress is supposedly so offended by the firing, she won't re-join the judging panel of the U.K. version of the show. The 27-year-old had sat on the panel since 2008, when she replaced Sharon Osbourne.

Fellow Brit Simon Cowell was trying to help Cole up her fame in the U.S. with The X Factor, which he executive produces, but reports say he was ultimately on board with the decision to let her go.




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Report: X Factor Production Co. Wants To Avoid Paying Fired Cheryl Cole

Jun 3, 2011 08:55 AM

cercole460copy.jpgBritish pop star Cheryl Cole may have to fight for her $1 million paycheck!

The singer's short-lived gig at X Factor lasted just four days, but the production company doesn't want to foot the bill for the fired judge.

Cole still wants to be paid for the work she was contracted to do, "as a matter of principle", according to THR. The Girls Aloud singer bought a house in Los Angeles, and moved her entire life to the states, only to be let go shortly after arriving.

Since Cole was a part of the beginning of the show, there is really no way to avoid showing her on camera, so she will be called a "guest judge" when the US X Factor airs.

The show's executive producer Richard Holloway revealed of deciding to show the fired singer: “Yes, of course Cheryl will be on the American show, she did auditions in two cities and we will reflect that.”

Cole has been laying low in the UK after the firing, and has turned down an opportunity to reclaim her old job on the original X Factor.




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Report: Cheryl Cole Feels "Hung Out To Dry" After Being Fired From X Factor

May 31, 2011 08:15 AM

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Cheryl Cole is still feeling the effects of getting the boot from her spot as a judge on the US X Factor.

Cole's friend talks about a recent conversation with the singer. According to The Mirror, Cole reportedly said the following:

    “I’ve been hung out to dry, and I know who’s to blame. I’ve had no opportunity whatsoever to prove myself and instead they’ve just cast me aside like a fool.”

The 27-year-old Girls Aloud singer reportedly blames Simon Cowell for her firing. After the drama, Cheryl refused Simon's offer to be a judge on the UK version. As a result, she was not included on the judges' panel. The UK X Factor judges are: Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Louis Walsh and N-Dubz’s Tulisa Contostavlos.

The friend adds:

    "Cheryl’s not stupid. She knows this is a kick in the teeth no matter what spin Cowell comes up with.”

A Fox source had the following to say about Cole's situation: "We’re not thrilled with the chemistry. Cheryl may be Britain’s sweetheart, but at the end of the day, she wasn’t a big enough name here.”

Find out who ultimately replaced Cole ... after the jump.




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BREAKING NEWS - Nicole Scherzinger Replaces Cheryl Cole On X Factor

May 25, 2011 08:35 PM

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Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who was originally set to be a co-host of the US version of Simon Cowell's talent competition show X Factor, will now REPLACE British pop star Cheryl Cole as a judge on the show, according to TMZ.

Cole's English accent was a concern, according to the report, and other reports speculate her judging duties for the UK version of the show, not to mention her singing career, may have caused scheduling conflicts.

Fellow judges Cowell, L.A. Reid and Paula Abdul will continue on with their duties while Steve Jones will host the show solo now, as Scherzinger moves to the judges' table.

No official word yet on why Cole, 27, was let go. The singer had already taped several audition shows with the cast. The show is set to air in September.




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Rachel McAdams And Cheryl Cole Are Ravishing On The Red Carpet

May 13, 2011 01:32 PM

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Rachel McAdams and Cheryl Cole are teaching les francais a thing or deux about fashion!

McAdams continues to wow us on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, this time at the premiere of Sleeping Beauty. Rachel looked fabulous in a Monique Lhuillier toffee sequin embroidered corset and matching high-waisted raw silk trousers.

And X-Factor judge Cheryl Cole had heads turning in a body-hugging low-cut dress -- and a beautiful decolletage on display at the premiere of Habemus Papam.

Gentlemen, wipe that saliva off your chin!




Cheryl Cole Leaves LA After Taping First X Factor Show

May 11, 2011 03:00 PM

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Cheryl Cole was all hair last Sunday at the first auditions for X Factor in LA, but on Tuesday the judge was dressed down in ready-for-airplane wear.

The songstress sported dark sunglasses and a grey hoodie. Rumor has it that her accent has been causing a bit of a problem on the American version of the show because contestants can't understand her comments!

Don't let it get you down, Cheryl! We love your British twang!




X-Factor Judges Glam It Up For First Taping

May 9, 2011 07:00 AM

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We've missed Simon and Paula so much!

The American Idol power couple, record-label exec L.A. Reid, Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole, arrived to tape the first round of auditions for the new US version of X Factor, in LA.

Reports claim Cowell told audience members to be "as badly behaved as you want," though producers started backtracking after the crowd got a bit too wild. Producers asked them not to boo, lest the show appear too negative.

But what's a reality show without a little drama?




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