TMZ.com reports that Spears has chosen to quit as an “X Factor” judge so that she can spend more time on her own music. She is currently in the process of recording a new album — her 8th — so the timing of this decision does indeed make sense.
The decision to leave the FOX singing competition most likely would not be due to personal reasons. The source cited by TMZ says, “Britney loves Simon, she likes Demi Lovato, but her thing is music.” In addition to the album in-progress, Spears is apparently considering a new tour.
These rumors come only a day after the chairman of entertainment at FOX, Kevin Reilly, praised Spears to reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour. “I actually thought it went very, very well,” Reilly said on Tuesday (Jan. 8). “I think Britney did a really good job. She came on, people remain fascinated with her and always will be. She’s just an interesting figure who’s lived a unique life, and I thought she brought some of that.”
Considering that the fate of Spears’ co-judge, Demi Lovato, remains very much in doubt at “The X Factor,” Simon Cowell and company may be looking for two new judges in the next season.