Fox made the announcement late Friday afternoon. Cowell said in a statement that was released by the network.
“I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on ‘The X Factor’ and ‘American Idol,’ Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the UK version of ‘The X Factor’ in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the UK and I want to thank Fox for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows.”
It was just three years ago when “The X Factor” premiered in Sept. 2011 after Cowell left “American Idol” to launch the singing-competition show. Unfortunately, the talent show never quite hit the ratings Cowell had expected.
The show averaged around 12.5 million viewers the first season. That number fell to 8.7 million viewers in the second sea, and that number dropped to 6.5 million viewers in second three which ended last Dec.
There were just too many changes on the show.
The original host, Steve Jones, was there for only the first season. He was replaced by Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez, and then it was just Lopez.
The judges panel was switched around several times in three short seasons.These were the judges who came and then left:
- Simon Cowell
- Paula Abdul
- Cheryl Cole
- LA Reid
- Nicole Scherzinger
- Demi Lovato
- Britney Spears
- Kelly Rowland
- Paulina Rubio
Cowell focused on his international show in addition to changes in his personal life.
Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly said in a statement,“We wish him the very best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together soon.”