Pink Slip Problems: Fox Cancels ‘The X Factor’ With Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland, Demi Lavato & Paulina Rubio

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It’s a hard knock life in Hollywood. Just ask Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland, Demi Lovato and Paulina RubioThe show, which was executive produced by Simon, made the announcement Friday afternoon. The Hollywood Reporter shares: 

As NBC has seen a ratings resurgence thanks to The Voice, and Fox’s 13-season-old American Idol has fallen from its flagship status, The X Factor did nothing to stem reality losses for Fox. The third season saw its performance show average just a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 7 million viewers. The December finale closed the season down a devastating 45 percent from the previous cycle.

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Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly recently addressed Cowell’s talk of a retooled return — but as of early January, he said there hadn’t been any decision. “The show underperformed this year,” Reilly told reporters at the Television CriticsAssociation’s winter press tour in January. “Simon himself would admit that. The ratings were not what we hoped, but this is a No. 1 brand around the world … and during that lifecycle, there’s been markets where it’s been down and had some very tough seasons, and they’ve reanimated it with producing changes and different ideas. I’ve heard some of those ideas. They are interesting. If the show were to come back, it would not be in the current format we have.

From what we hear, all of the judges, with the exception of Demi, were to return. In addition to ratings concerns, additional contributions to its demise is the over saturation of similar shows (American Idol, The Voice, etc.). No official comment has been released by the four judges. P.S. Are you sad to see the show canceled? 

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