Britney Spears Quits The X Factor Before She’s Fired, Show Already Eyeing A New Panel

Britney Spears has quit the The X Factor — before it could fire her, and has exclusive new details into the show shakeup.

The 31-year-old pop icon will not do a second season of the competition so she can focus on recording her eighth studio album, then tour in support of it.

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Insiders close to the production company told exclusively that producers, discussing a new panel with Simon over the holidays, already decided about a week ago that Britney wasn’t in their plans for the show’s third season in the states.

“Britney did her best, and it’s fair to say she was a lot better in the show — and especially during live shows — than many critics had expected or predicted, but the writing was always on the wall,” an insider said.

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The resurgent mother-of-two collected $15 million last May for her service on the judges’ panel alongside Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato.

“It was obvious a while before the end of last season that she and L.A. Reid weren’t going to make the cut this time and they both knew that,” the insider said.

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Noting Reid was struggling balancing the show and his record label, the insider called the music mogul “a pro [who] knows when to take the lead and make his own exit first.”

Past judges on The X Factor include Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger; we’ll keep you abreast on who gets tapped for next season right here on

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