Today, Feb. 7, E! News reported that FOX has officially canceled "The X Factor." The network previously admitted the show didn't reach its potential and that its future was uncertain, but it was not until today that the news became official.
Simon Cowell released a statement letting the public know he will return to the U.K. to continue working on that version of "The X Factor."
Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2014. So for now, I'm back to the U.K. and I want to thank Fox for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I'll see you soon!
He also added that he had a fantastic time working on this show, as well as "American Idol," over the past 12 years.
"The X Factor" has struggled since its first season in the United States. The show has had multiple judge and host changes, although the format has largely remained the same. Season One saw a judging panel that featured Cowell, Paula Abdul, music mogul L.A. Reid, and Nicole Scherzinger, with Steve Jones as a stiff, awkward host. Season Two introduced four new members after the departure of Scherzinger, Abdul, and Jones - Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian took over the hosting duties, and Britney Spears and Demi Lovato joined the judging panel. In Season Three, Kardashian, Spears, and Reid parted ways, while Lopez remained on as the only host, and Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio became new judges.
Although Cowell promised it would be a huge hit in the States, the program never reached the level of success the U.K. version hit and continued to decline in ratings. The cancellation comes at the heels of yet another change on the judging panel - Demi Lovato had already announced her departure from the show at the end of the third season.
Tonight, via Twitter, Cowell thanked the fans across multiple tweets in a rare showing of emotion:
Today was a day of mixed emotions. Excited to confirm me returning to the Uk X factor and sad to leave America. You realise how much you owe to the fans who have supported all of the shows we made in both countries. I have had a blast. Really the best time of my life. Thank you for the support and the fun we have had together. It's never forgotten.
Are you surprised to hear "The X Factor" has been canceled? Were you a fan of the show? Will you miss Simon Cowell? Leave your thoughts in a comment below!