After two seasons as a judge and mentor on X Factor USA, L.A. Reid is calling it quits. The renown music business exec and current head of Epic Records has announced he will not return to Simon Cowell‘s Fox talent competition for its third season.
“I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected,” Reid told Access Hollywood‘s Shaun Robinson in an interview, explaining his reason for leaving the show. “It saddens me a little bit, but only a little bit.”
“I have a huge responsibility to a roster of artists, and it’s kind of time for me to stop doing the me show and get back to doing the them show,” he continued.
Reid admits doing X Factor USA was “a nice departure from what I’ve done for the last 20 years,” but, “it’s time for me to get back to work.”
Although Reid will no longer sit on the panel with Cowell, he says, “I support him, I support the show, and I’ll always be in business with him.”
X Factor USA has experienced more than a few line-up changes over the last two seasons. UK pop singer Cheryl Cole was axed in favor of former Pussycat Dolls frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger at the start of season one. Scherzinger, judge Paula Abdul, and host Steve Jones were all axed after the season wrapped, making room for Demi Lovato and Britney Spears to join Reid and Cowell on the judges panel, and Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian as hosts for season 2.
No official word yet on whether or not Britney or Demi will return for season 3.