Just sad, I wonder what happened? The X Factor” co-creator Simon Cowell is on the verge of firing Britney Spears after just one season in the judge’s chair, US Weekly reported.
“Britney will get the boot,” an insider told the magazine. “Producers wanted her for the long haul, but it isn’t working.” Spears, who was signed along with Demi Lovato amid much fanfare for the Fox singing competition show’s second season, earned $15 million for her brief critically panned run. Hiring Spears was considered a particular coup because of the 31-year-old pop star’s troubled history of meltdowns and eccentricities.
Cowell had defended his judge early in the season on a conference call with reporters. She’s been “a lot better than everybody thought,” he said at the time. But the Dec. 20 second season finale was watched by only 9.6 million viewers, down 18 percent from the first season finale. Spears’ bland delivery – her repeated use of the word “amazing” became a running gag for online recappers – didn’t help the “Toxic” numbers. “He wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney,” another source told US Weekly. She didn’t want to be on their anyway!