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Simon Cowell Talks Cheryl Cole's X Factor Exit

Simon Cowell Talks Cheryl Cole's X Factor Exit

Simon Cowell is setting the record straight about Cheryl Cole‘s departure from The X Factor.

The 51-year-old music exec and X Factor judge told the AP that Cheryl‘s exit wasn’t due to a lack of chemistry – he just felt she would be happier back home in England.

“I hate seeing her hurt. She’s one of — I hope — she’s one of my closest friends, and this was a decision we made which we thought would be beneficial to her, funny enough. Not many people will believe that, but that’s the truth,” Simon said.

“She was good on the American show,” Simon added. “I personally thought she was missing her family and friends. She just looked a little bit, I wouldn’t say uncomfortable, but just not as happy as I’ve seen her on previous shows.”

Simon also said that he contacted Cheryl and took full responsibility for the decision. “She told me she wasn’t happy but that she also accepted it was a business decision and she wished the show well. Typically, in Cheryl form, she was disappointed but charming at the same time,” he explained.

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# 1

What a bunch of BS. Why didn’t he actually, you know, ASK her whether or not she was missing home.

# 2

Nice of him to try to help her save face but quite frankly she was fired for being incompetent and there’s no disguising that.

# 3

POOR CHERYL, SHE’S GONE THROUGH ALOT THE LAST YEAR AND WITH THIS ITS SAD TO SEE HER GO I WAS SOOO LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING IT, I ALWAYS WATCH THE UK VERSION ON YOUTUBE AND LOOOVED HER ON THE SHOW.

I KNOW SHE WILL BOUNCE BACK, PEOPLE WILL LOVE HER JUST AS MUCH AS I DO. GIRLS ALOUD ARE REUNITING SOON PLUS, I KNOW SHE HAS OTHER SIDE PROJECT WITH WILL.I.AM AND WITH JAY-Z. SO IM NOT WORRIED ABOUT HER.

BEST OF LUCK CHERYL, WISH YOU THE BEST IN THE YEARS TO COME!

# 4

Simon made the right decision, I watch BBC and even though her accent is tolerable in England, the American public will not find it pleasant like they do Simons

She seems a spoiled brat…she has been getting along on looks I guess…there is a lot more talent ant pretty face are a dime a million in america..she is nothing special in the US

She needs to learn to seperate friendship and business, and understand that her friend will have a failing show if they put her on..i bet they did a focus group and realise the accent was a problem…

I prefer to see the talented nicle sherzinger who I beleive does not get much air even though she is super talented!

# 5
Anonymous @ 06/07/2011 at 5:27 pm

I was at the tapings in Los Angeles, and she definitely looked sad.

# 6

@JOE: Oh, poor Cheryl. Boo hoo. The woman is loaded. I’m sure she really doesn’t care. Either way, she’s talentless.

# 7

Simon, you wanted Paula over Cheryl JUST SAY IT.
I really dont give shiz about any of them, but this constant “drama” around the show is getting pretty old.

# 8

@miapocca:

Cheryl Cole was never on BBC, what are you talking about? And I’m American, I can understand Cheryl Cole fine

# 9

I’m American and I can understand Cheryl just fine. I’m mad she won’t be on our version seeing as I’m going Thursday and she was the main reason I wanted to go in the first place. Why didn’t Simon, like said above, just ASK Cheryl if she was missing home and if she wanted to go back, instead of doing all of this. Whatever. Cheryl > Nicole.

I call BS on Simon. Cheryl was great.

Simon Cowell hates seeing Cheryl hurt and yet it was Simon that stab Cheryl in the back, Simon went behind her back to remove her from the panel, and then Simon didn’t have the courage to tell Cheryl that she was fired, Simon sent another friend to tell Cheryl that she was fired. of course Simon says it was because he was worried about her. Simon should have talked to Cheryl first and tried to come up with a consensus decision, because it was clear that Cheryl didn’t want to loss the U.S.job. but Simon instead let the press run with nasty story about her for ten days. before he gave his side of the story to save his face, well done Simon not only you caused her so much stress, Simon has also humiliated her in publicly. Simon you knew you would never get a call from Cheryl after all that. YOU SIMON STAB CHERYL IN THE BACK. WOW WHAT A FRIEND YOU ARE? I WILL NEVER WATCH X FACTOR U.S.

YOU SIMON STAB CHERYL IN THE BACK. WOW WHAT A FRIEND YOU ARE? SHAME ON YOU SIMON. I WILL NEVER WATCH X FACTOR U.S.

@Lisa:

Take a chill pill!! Cheryl is as talentless as Simon LOL.

amensister @ 06/07/2011 at 6:53 pm

People pls, half of america is being devastated by floods and thunderstorm and ur getting worked up about a women getting a 1.2M kiss off from a reality show!!!!

there is a full interview on the web, and Simon also said she WAS going back to UK XF a big surprise/back because they needed her as head judge for DOUBLE the salary but TMZ broke the story about her being sacked and she felt too embarrassed to go ahead with it. she and will.i.am stop communicating with XF and so they had to move on.

America is not as easy to crack as some people think and Cheryl has alluded in several interviews she felt isolated and homesick, and this MAY have contributed to her “quietness”. Either way, like it or not IT IS BUSINESS.

They cant cancel the series just because she wasnt working out. This show has to be a success, it cost millions already and its not even on air!!! The Voice and A.I. have been amazing success and US XF has to be mega to compete with that. If the story hadnt leaked for another week, things would have been different. but she had a choice she could have swallowed her pride and gone on UK XF or go back to US XF and proved them wrong. she choose neither. she therefore left them no choice but to move on. cancelling US XF was never going to be an option

amensister @ 06/07/2011 at 6:54 pm

People pls, half of america is being devastated by floods and thunderstorm and ur getting worked up about a women getting a 1.2M kiss off from a reality show!!!!

As for back-stabbing, she got the job of a life time because of him. LOADS of US stars would have given their eye teeth for that job but Simon FOUGHT HARD to get her that job. To be proven wrong is a big blow for this man gigantic ego.

there is a full interview on the web, and Simon also said she WAS going back to UK XF a big surprise/back because they needed her as head judge for DOUBLE the salary but TMZ broke the story about her being sacked and she felt too embarrassed to go ahead with it. she and will.i.am stop communicating with XF and so they had to move on.

America is not as easy to crack as some people think and Cheryl has alluded in several interviews she felt isolated and homesick, and this MAY have contributed to her “quietness”. Either way, like it or not IT IS BUSINESS.

They cant cancel the series just because she wasnt working out. This show has to be a success, it cost millions already and its not even on air!!! The Voice and A.I. have been amazing success and US XF has to be mega to compete with that. If the story hadnt leaked for another week, things would have been different. but she had a choice she could have swallowed her pride and gone on UK XF or go back to US XF and proved them wrong. she choose neither. she therefore left them no choice but to move on. cancelling US XF was never going to be an option

@amensister: This website is for entertainment. If you want to read about the national disasters go watch CNN.

Cheryl is soooooooooo A W E S O M E

Simon contradicted himself so badly…first he said he did it because he thought she missed her friends and family and she would be happier in the UK but then he said “She told me she wasn’t happy but that she also accepted it was a business decision “…..Ummm i don’t know if things are different in the UK but since when is a family problem a business decision? which is it simon a family problem or a business decision?!

Simons just trying to save face. Him and nicole are becoming hate figures in the uk tabloids so he’s trying to make it look like he doing the best for cheryl. I think people don’t understand that fox run the show here. In the uk, Simon ran it. What Simon wanted, itv gave to him. It’s a whole new ball game in the us. Fox have 3 hours a week devoted to x factor. It needs to work and fox obviously thought cheryl wouldn’t work from the start (there’s no other reason nicole was cohost) There is no way that cheryl wasn’t working out, they sent her back to the uk then offered her role back in the US when the uk didn’t work out. Fox don’t care about the uk one. She wasn’t good enough. She was sacked. End of. I

Cheryl cole was by far the best thing about the british version of the x-factor!!! this is simon’s doing he should have foreseen it!! and not fought so desperately to get her on the show!! nicole was terrible when she was on the British version of the x factor she was really up herself and looked down on the contestants majorly!!!!

Uh, no. Cheryl was the worst thing about the British X Factor. If you like your judges to be on the front of the tabloids and just sit pretty, then I guess that would work. Dannii was the best by a mile. She (and Nicole) gave constructive criticism. Cheryl never did. Cheryl would always go in a strop if her act was in the bottom 2. Cheryl seemed to put more work into what she wore than her act. And she doesn’t know enough about the music industry. Last year, she had never heard of Elton John’s Crocodile ROck when one of the contestants sang it. Nicole was great on the UK X Factor – why do you think they asked her back to be on bootcamp? She had a laugh on it, which with Cheryl had been sorely missing.

And you’re saying its Simons fault for giving her a chance? She had an opportunity most british singers would kill for. She had a platform to make herself a worldwide known artist. She screwed up.

F*CKING LIAR!!

BE A MAN AND ADMITS YOU JUST WANTED HER TO SAVE THE SINKING UK VERSION OF TH SHOW!!!

LeeArmani101 @ 06/10/2011 at 12:21 pm

The X-factor is better off without Cheryl Cole. She lacks giving constructive criticism to contestents. After the gamu fiasco last year, it seemed pretty clear that her judgement was clearly lacking. She should be grateful for the platform Cowell gave her to promote her music and should except that she was not talented enough to be a judge on US XF.
Nicole is so much more talented and worthy of being a judge on the US Xfactor. Cheryl is over-rated, overexposed and way too stroppy when she doesn’t get her own way and then undeservedly seeks or gets the sympathy vote. Hope she moves on and just concentrates on learning to sing with a bit of range to her music…

Nicole is a talentless slag! All she does is strut up and down a catwalk in a corset singing through a corrective computer

Just turned off XFactor @ 09/21/2011 at 9:36 pm

Just turned of the show after Cheryl left. She was the one bit of fresh air.

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