Fired X Factor Judge Cheryl Cole Sues Producers
Cheryl Cole never appeared on Season 2 of the American version of The X Factor, but she’s suing the show’s producers for the salary she claims she’s owed.
The British host, who was let go from the Fox singing competition early around the time of its American debut, filed suit against Blue Orbit Productions Friday for more than $2.3 million, our sister site Deadline reports.
The breach of contract suit says that Cole, a judge on the British version of the reality series who was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger before the Season 1 premiere, had a pay-or-play contract for two seasons — meaning that she’d be compensated even if the show released her from the contract.
She received $1.8 million for the first season and now is seeking her $2 million fee for the second season, plus additional damages to cover items like housing, wardrobe and living allowances.
Cole’s complaint was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.