L.A. Reid is Leaving the X-Factor for his Record Label

L.A. ReidAntonio “L.A.” Reid has announced that he has decided NOT to return to the U.S. version of the ‘X Factor‘ next year to focus on his role as chairman of his record label Epic Records, which was his job before joining the judging panel o the talent show.

“I have decided that I will not return to ‘The X Factor’ next year,’ he told Access Hollywood earlier this week. “I have to go back and I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected and it saddens me a little bit, but only a little bit.”

Reid is known for launching the careers of superstars like Usher Raymond, Toni Braxton, TLC, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Pink, Avril Lavigne and Ciara plus many others. He says that he’s leaving the reality talent show solely for business reasons and is still at good terms with the show and fellow judge and executive producer Simon Cowell.

He also stated that he’s not ruling out the possibilities of him returning to the show in the future, but he is 100% positive that he won’t be back next year.

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