In a surprising move, it has been revealed that Epic Records head L.A. Reid will not return next year for the season 3 of The X Factor. Reid has been a judge since the show’s US debut in 2011. Reid is set to return to running Epic full time and put energy into finding new talent.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the reality TV judge will not be returning to the Fox series for season three. The Epic Records chairman will return to his full-time gig of running the Sony music label, with plans to invest renewed energy and vigor into developing new and signed talent.
“I have the utmost respect for Simon Cowell,” Reid said Thursday. “He is the very best, and I have had the opportunity to learn so much from him. 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.”
“Of course I will miss the show; In my opinion Simon attracts the best talent,” added Reid. “But I’m looking forward to getting back to my core business and the responsibility of running Epic Records.”