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Britney Spears reportedly being axed from 'The X Factor' judging panel

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/27/2012 

Britney Spears is reportedly being dropped from The X Factor.

"Britney will get the boot," a source told Us Weekly in its latest issue. "Producers wanted her for the long haul, but it isn't working."

Spears apparently lacked the stamina the show's producers were looking for from its rookie mentor, especially since the pop star had been signed to a $15 million contract for The X Factor's recently-concluded second season. 

"They paid all that for her to say 'amazing' and offer half-claps," a second source told the magazine.

Added a show insider close to The X Factor co-creator and judge Simon Cowell, "Simon wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney."

Earlier this month, Cowell told E! News that Spears' participation would depend on how busy the singer's schedule is.

"I don't know yet, to be honest with you. I haven't had the conversation with her whether she'd want to, what other commitments she's got," he explained.

Although seemingly noncommittal, Cowell said he would probably like Spears to return. 

"Yeah, I think I do, yeah. But like I said, and it goes back to L.A., it all depends on how much time they can give us," Cowell told E! News, referencing how veteran judge L.A. Reid recently confirmed his own departure from the show.

Spears had said she planned to return to The X Factor during an interview last month.

"Yes, I definitely will," Spears told at the time.  

Spears joined the reality singing competition as a judge in May along with fellow newcomer Demi Lovato. Cowell has also dodged questions about whether Lovato will come back for The X Factor's upcoming third season.

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