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L.A. Reid Calls 'X Factor' the 'Worst Thing I've Ever Done'

L.A. Reid Calls 'X Factor' the 'Worst Thing I've Ever Done'

L.A. Reid has some harsh words for his stint as a judge on the first two seasons of The X Factor.

The 59-year-old music exec says that it was “the worst thing I’ve ever done.”

“The first season, yes, I had a great time,” L.A. told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was a little bit of a vacation. I’d been making music, working at running labels for a long time, and it was a little bit of, ‘Let me just have some fun.’ But the second season I was fully engaged trying run a label, and it wasn’t fun anymore.”

“And more importantly, it really affected my taste – it almost destroyed it,” he continued. “It completely threw me off – by the way, I have a book coming out soon, and it’ll all be on my book,” he interjected with a laugh. “But yeah, what works for television isn’t necessarily the thing that works in the traditional journey of music, so I adjusted my taste for television. But the truth is, I lowered my bar – my bar was quite high, if I’m being honest, and as a result I didn’t have the same level of success. The bar is quite high again now, but it was damaging. I worked with Simon Cowell, who I love and have great respect for and he has great taste, but being around him for that long, I started to take on his taste, and I’m an amateur at having his taste – I’m good at my kind of taste.”

Click inside to read more of what L.A. Reid had to say…

“We definitely had the audience,” L.A. said. “And I can’t criticize Simon because it was his show, and we did well. But I think he made the statement that if we didn’t do 20 million viewers, it was a failure. We did 14 million, which is actually a runaway success, but because we didn’t do 20, it was a failure. To be honest? The truth is: The Voice cleaned our clock.”

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