Fox has finally given the axe to The X Factor after three seasons, according to Entertainment Weekly. The show, which was originally imported from the UK, never quite caught on with audiences the way American Idol and The Voice have, and apparently the network has decided it’s no longer worth the cost. The site is also reporting that the show’s producer and judge, Simon Cowell, will return to the UK’s version of the series now. Cowell released this statement:
I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol. And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!). 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!
EW is reporting that while Fox toyed with the idea of bringing the show back for a shortened fourth season, it just wasn’t worth the risk, especially with the series only averaging around a 7.1 rating per episode. Thankfully, you can still satisfy your singing competition cravings with plenty of other shows on the air. You just won’t have Simon Cowell to kick around anymore.