On The X Factor‘s official U.S. Twitter page today, Simon Cowell bid farewell to fellow judge LA Reid. “On a personal level, I’m going to miss @LA_Reid. On a business level, I’m also going to miss him,” it was tweeted that Cowell said this afternoon during a press conference. This is the first time Cowell has addressed Reid’s exit from the Fox competition show since the Epic Records chairman announced his departure December 13. Reid was the only judge besides show creator Cowell to return for Season 2. The X Factor wraps up its second season this week.
LA Reid will not be back for another season of The X Factor, Deadline has confirmed. “He’s going back to the music business full time, it’s his decision,” a source says. The Epic Records chair was the only judge besides show creator Simon Cowell to return for Season 2 of the singing competition. The second-season option on his contract was picked up in February soon after Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones were let go. Reid will sit with fellow judges Cowell, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato tonight for the live semifinals episode that is filming at 5 PM in LA.