Another “Over 25″ has fallen on The X Factor — and this time, it’s L.A. Reid. When Fox’s other reality singing competition returns for Season 3, the major-label exec and noted record producer — who threw a hissy fit when he was assigned the oldest group of contestants during the show’s current installment — won’t be on the panel.
“I have decided that I will not return to The X Factor next year,” Reid told Access Hollywood, citing his job as chairman and CEO of Epic Records as the reason for his exit.
“I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected and it saddens me a little bit, but only a little bit,” the music mogul explained. Reid added that he feels “a huge responsibility” to the acts at his recording label, so “it’s kind of time for me to stop doing the ‘me’ show.”
However, “I’m not ruling ever coming back,” he added. “I have a job to do and once I get some work done and get some momentum then maybe I’ll revisit the idea a little later.”
As for who should fill his vacant seat next season, Reid had a suggestion despite having “nothing” to do with the decision: Jon Bon Jovi.
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