Such a big deal was made about the fact that Simon Cowell had hired British pop singer Cheryl Cole to be a judge on The X Factor that this bit of news seems totally surprising. But then not, considering no one in America really knows who Cheryl Cole is outside of her attachment to the new singing competition. And yet, here you go: Cole will reportedly be replaced as a judge on the show by co-host Nicole Scherzinger.

TMZ broke the story on Wednesday, claiming that Cole's hard-to-understand British accent was the main culprit. But it appears her lack of chemistry with fellow judge Paula Abdul might have been the main x-factor (groan!) for the potential rift. A source told Deadline that "[n]othing is definite now," but it's clear that things are "not working." Good thing they have another three months to figure things out.

As they say in the business, developing...

[Via Deadline]