*Someone has had his fill of “The X Factor.”
*Antonio L.A. Reid, a judge on the Fox singing competition alongside Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell, will not return to the panel next season, a representative for Epic Records said Thursday.
He’ll be exiting the show to devote more time to his day job as chairman of Epic Records, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I have the utmost respect for Simon Cowell. He is the very best and I have had the opportunity to learn so much from him,” Reid said in a statement obtained by THR. “Working with him on ‘X Factor’ has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I’m honored to have sat on the panel with such incredible talent.”
Added Reid: “Of course I will miss the show. In my opinion Simon attracts the best talent, but I’m looking forward to getting back to my core business and the responsibility of running Epic Records.”
Reid joined the American version of the show in 2011 after leaving his job as chairman and CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group, where he helped launch careers for acts like Rihanna and Justin Bieber.
At Epic, his roster includes Sade, Fiona Apple, Karmin, Ciara and “X Factor” season one winner Melanie Amaro.
“The X Factor’s” current season finale is next week.