We had a feeling that this was going to get ugly.
Although many assumed that Cheryl Cole would immediately return to England after her abrupt firing as a judge on the US version of The X Factor, she and the show's producers are apparently in a nasty stand-off - because they don't want to pay her for her position, despite her moving across the world and even buying a home here in El Lay!
A source with the production company, Freemantle, has flat-out denied that the singer's been fired, and in order to avoid breaching her contract, they've made arrangements for her to meet with the U.S. consulate in London to apply for a visa.
Meanwhile, sources in Cheryl's camp claim that she plans to do just that, because she intends to be compensated “as a matter of principle. … She moved her whole life to Los Angeles. He [Simon Cowell] thinks he can move people around like chess pieces.”
We can't say we blame her! We wouldn't want to have moved to a foreign country with the expectations of a job, only to be told that it wasn't working out and we weren't going to get paid!
Shady shady shady!
Here's hoping that they can reach some sort of amicable resolution, though at this point we seriously doubt that's going to happen!
What do U think?? Should Chezza get paid/remain on the judges panel??
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