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Simon Speaks! Cowell Opens Up About Cole's Firing From The US X Factor!

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Finally! An explanation!

However, it doesn't make the situation any less unfortunate!

Simon Cowell has broken his silence about Cheryl Cole's abrupt exit from the judges panel of both the US and UK X Factor, and admits that he is partly to blame for the amount of miscommunication that led to it - because instead of telling her personally, he sent executive producer Richard Holloway to give her the news!

He says in a lengthy statement:

“When she turned down the UK show, we got back in touch and said, well she is still under contract with the US show so we invited her back. Her position was still there. We had some heated conversations with her US manager will.i.am and he inferred this wasn’t a genuine offer. They thought that if she didn’t turn up on Wednesday then we wouldn’t pay her. We made it clear that she was always going to be paid in full. We got to the point on Saturday when we genuinely thought she was going to accept the offer but again neither she nor they returned any calls. So we’ve announced Nicole. Knowing Cheryl like I know her, we noticed she was quieter than normal, looked a bit uncomfortable but I put some of this down to nerves. The overall feeling was that she was slightly out her comfort zone in America, compared to what she was in the UK. If she had accepted my original offer, she would have made a sensational return and would have understood she was more comfortable in the UK than the US. I apologize that all this has become public and I understand the stress she is under, and I hate that. But we have all been under a lot of stress. When things like this happen I look at the contestant, they must think this is crazy. All the attention is on us. I am sorry this has caused so much anguish and embarrassment, but I stand by what I believe was the right intention. And I would say that to her face right now. I had a text from her last Wednesday. She said she felt let down but at the time she understood that it was a professional decision. I replied saying this was never personal or saying you were terrible. It wasn’t that she was terrible – she was good – I just thought she’d be happier in the UK. After the year she’d had with Ashley and the whole malaria thing, you either shut it down and go for it or you have to be with your friends and family to deal with it. A hundred per cent I have to take full responsibilty because I do have a lot of sway. We are close friends. I still hope we are but sometimes when you’re that close, when you’re making these decisions with someone’s life you have to be certain. I stand by what I said to her. I hope we’re still close friends. I’m sure if she was here now there would be a frank discussion, but will I work with her again? Definitely. She’s a star. The intention was to do it quietly and simply say to her that you have an option to rejoin the UK show. We were saying move to another show for even more money. There was offer of around £2.5million on the table including bonuses. So how is that sacking someone? If that’s being horrible to someone then I would be quite happy with someone doing that to me. She was certainly interested as we exchanged a few texts and she asked if she could have my dressing room at the studio and I said ‘of course.' Her management even asked for a legal waiver to her contract with the US show allowing her to open discussions with ITV. So we genuinely thought it was going to happen. But the big condition was that it was to be kept under wraps and she would make a big entrance last week at the Birmingham auditions and everyone would have loved it. But when the story got out, it changed everything. There was no more communication and we had set a deadline of Sunday, giving her six days to make a decision. That passed and we still had not heard anything. So we announced our UK judges. I genuinely thought she could return to the UK show and be triumphant. Louis knows. He was actually fired but then he came back to a triumphant return. She would have made a sensational return and would have understood she was more comfortable in the UK than she would be in the US. It was never vindictive It wasn’t personal. It was meant with best intentions. I was always going to honour the contract. I apologize it’s been made public.

Well, there you go.

Unfortunately, it really does sound like a whole lot of miscommunication and hurt feelings that led to all of this, and that's a shame!

But at least he's taking responsibility for humiliating her so publicly, and hopefully at some point these two can work out what happened together privately, without the press' interference and scrutiny!

Hang in there, Chezza! We can't even imagine how hard this all has been!

What do U think? Does Simon sound sincere?

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37 comments to “Simon Speaks! Cowell Opens Up About Cole's Firing From The US X Factor!”



  1. 1

    CHERYL IS A W E S O M E



  2. 2

    "will i am" is her manager!? You have got to be kidding. No wonder things went south for her COMPLETELY.

    Cheryl, you need to hire a professional team in the US. "WIll I am" is hardly that person. Really, dear. If he is your friend then he would agree. Lose that idiot pronto or he will single handedly be the cause of your global demise.



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    She she was fired because she was "quieter than normal?" WTF?! So if "knowing her like he knows her" and being that she was "quieter that normal" he should have known that she only needed a little time to find her comfort zone. The girl was just a little nervous! She was surrounded by big Hollywood names. Of course she was a little bit uncomfortable at first. He could have give her a little time. At least one season on the show. She would have come around eventually. He should have pulled her aside and had a talk with her about it first instead of snatching the run from under and being a coward and having someone else give her the bad news. He could have given her a chance to get it together. He let Cheryl down big time and publicly humiliated her.Period.



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    So she was fired because she was "quieter than normal?" WTF?! So if "knowing her like he knows her" and being that she was "quieter that normal" he should have known that she only needed a little time to find her comfort zone. The girl was just a little nervous! She was surrounded by big Hollywood names. Of course she was a little bit uncomfortable at first. He could have give her a little time. At least one season on the show. She would have come around eventually. He should have pulled her aside and had a talk with her about it first instead of snatching the run from under and being a coward and having someone else give her the bad news. He could have given her a chance to get it together. He let Cheryl down big time and publicly humiliated her.Period.



  5. 5

    I'm genuinely gutted Cheryl isn't on the US X Factor any more… it's means she's coming back to the UK. BAD TIMES. I can't STAND her, seriously, why do all the magazines go on about her being the 'nation's sweetheart'? She's a convict who's rough as a badger's arse. I'm English and can't understand half the stuff she says… not just because she's a Geordie (if South Shields can be classed as Geordie), but because she's so darn STUPID. She needs to get a grip, climb back into her hole and realise that 90% of the British population were only happy she was going to America in the 1st place was because we might have a chance at Cheryl Cole- free televisions.



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    So she was fired because she was "quieter than normal?" WTF?! So if "knowing her like he knows her" and being that she was "quieter that normal" he should have known that she only needed a little time to find her comfort zone. The girl was just a little nervous! She was surrounded by big Hollywood names. Of course she was a little bit uncomfortable at first. He could have give her a little time. At least one season on the show. She would have come around eventually. He should have pulled her aside and had a talk with her about it first instead of snatching the rug from under her and being a coward and having someone else give her the bad news. He could have given her a chance to get it together. He let Cheryl down big time and publicly humiliated her.Period.



  7. 7

    TO THE FOX NETWORK IDIOTS AND SIMON YOU HURT CHERYL SHAME ON YOU



  8. 8

    "hopefully at some point these two can work out what happened together privately, without the press' interference and scrutiny!" Your site is the only one continuously mentioning this bitch that no one in the US gives a crap about. The English don't want her back - we certainly don't want their sloppy seconds! ENOUGH WITH THIS BITCH! BTW, Nicole is just as bad!



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    Re: adg100 – Agreed. If she wants to get anywhere in the US market, she needs to ditch will i am and get some real representation.



  10. 10

    Who is this woman? I have only seen her one time and I could not understand a word she said. Enough American's need jobs, we have talent here. Hire within Hollywood.



  11. 11

    Um, what?? Sounds more like she was an idiot about it and ended up where she should be.



  12. 12

    Mario you are in a fierce campaign to always make Cheryl Tweedy look like a victim..aww poor baby, poor Chezza.. Gimme a break. She didnt cut it, she was fired, was replaced, its business. Lets move on shall we?



  13. 13

    I still don't know who this woman is…If I didn't read Perez all the time, I doubt I would have ever heard of her. She obviously couldn't hack it in the US and got fired. Big deal, it happens everyday. If she really is famous in the UK, I'm sure she can go back there and have a great career. America has enough reality tv celebrities/judges.



  14. 14

    Lot's of drama for sure. Mario my answer to your question is I think Simon is sincere. He does not have time to play around and wait. Best of luck to everyone.



  15. 15

    Simon Cowell hates seeing Cheryl hurt and yet it was Simon that stab Cheryl in the back, he went behind her back to remove her from the panel, and then Simon didn't even have the courage to tell Cheryl that she was fired, and Simon sent another friend to tell Cheryl that she was fired. of course Simon says it was because he was worried about her. Simon should have taked to cheryl first and tried to come up with a consnsus decision. because it was clear that Cheryl didn't want to loss the U.S.job. but intead Simon let the press run with nasty story about Cheryl for ten days. before Simon gave his side of the story to save his face, well done Simon not only you cause Cheryl so much stress, Simon has also humiliated her in publicly. YOU KNEW SIMON THAT YOU WOULD NEVER GET A CALL FOR CHERYL. YOU SIMON STAB HER IN THE BACK, WOW WHAT A FRIEND?



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    I don't know anything about Cole, X Factor or Cowell. But having Will I Am involved explains why things went wrong. He is such a jerk. Get rid of him, quick.



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    I lost my respect for Simon and that bunch of bosses here. WTF? Why hire her at all if you think she's better in UK? Why let the story out? I don't think Chery's qualified to judge American shows, and she shouldn't have been hired. But if they did hire her, they should have stuck with it. Idiots.

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    If she had a top-rate management team, with professional hair and fashion stylists, plus just a little voice coaching, she's have made it. This photo makes it look like she picks out her own ill-advised outfits and does her own hair. I heard she turned down offers to help her in those areas. Why would anyone turn down professional attention to be lavished on them?



  19. 19

    Simon always tells it like it is

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    Re: lilyawesome – With that kind of cash flying around, Cheryl seems to be the one who decided to be 'hurt', (according to your post) if she actually even i$. The middlemen look to have perhaps messed this up by not representing the correct business attitude to her given the circumstances unfolded. It still looked to be a win/win to me, having spent years in business. Shrugs shoulders. Simon is straightforward and pragmatic, yet here he is being a really decent human being for this confused girl-woman. She needs to dump the managers and talk to Simon if he has the time right now, and then let the legal people work out the details after the chat.



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    Re: @v@ – Its not always about the money. Sometimes its about respect and trust and the principle behind things. Cheryl's got plenty of money.Bottom line is Simon humiliated her.This was no way for Simon to treat a friend. I'm sorry, and Will.I.Am has been a staunch supporter of Cheryl's for years. If there was anybody that wanted her on that show more than anything, it was definitely him. He's been wanting her to break America for years now. He was not the problem here. The problem clearly was Simon. He had the pull and he should have had Cheryl's back and stood his ground and fought harder for her to keep her gig. Firing her because she was "quieter than normal" is bullshit and just downright wrong.

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    Re: mistique – Nice post, but they're business associates. Friends are the people you have over to watch the game, or watch your dog or kids, or bake a cake for.



  23. 23

    Its obviously her fault!! She was freakin stupid about it! She is a ex-convict/racist and doesn't deserve it



  24. 24

    There were so many rumors going around. One was that her and Paula were fighting over who was going to sit next to Simon. Another was she was quiet because Paula and Simon were just a wee bit too comfortable around each other and cheryl felt left out. There's also a rumor that she checked into her own hotel, when everyone else on the team checked into the same hotel! Just a lot of drama. Supposedly some short fat dude was the one who decided Cheryl should be axed, one of the producer's…and of course Simon was too weak to stick up for Cheryl and give her more time to settle in. I mean who settles in after 4 days? Esp when Paula and Simon were supposedly hogging the attention w/their jabber! Hahaha I can see it now. So in general. I think she pissed off a executive from up top, (there were other things these execs asked her to do in which she refused) and as soon as he found a weak spot in Cheryl, he booted her! Making Simon look like a fool and Cheryl as well. Cheryl really looks bad…but the best revenge she can get is if she breaks the US on her own. They'll be asking her back, watch. Esp Simon. Simon will want her back. See the Daily Mail for more! Great site!



  25. 25

    Re: @v@ – You should see them on the Xfactor UK. They're more like Lovers. If you are referring to Cheryl and Simon, LOL no joke.



  26. 26

    Re: @v@ – It's not WIN WIN when you're fired in front of the whole world LOL. Cheryl knows she has 10 million hater's and this to them just proves their point! To her anyway, and boy is she the insecure type! Especially since the Xfactor US was supposed to launch her US career. Even bigger LOL! And she got really arrogant and haughty last year acting like she was above a lot of the people on the show, even some contestants. This is sort of bad karma for her, but regardless Simon is still a POShite. lol.



  27. 27

    Happyyy she's off TV and hopefully she'll stay off! :D She needs to get the hell over herself.



  28. 28

    Word is, shes using the money to ahem 'coerce' the BBC into giving her a coaching role on the UK version of 'The Voice'. Shes desperate to be seen as a respected musical talent. ROFL Never gonna happen hun!



  29. 29

    Honestly, I agree with all of u that said Will i am is to blame I totally agree with that, however, I dont agree with the ones that are bad mouthing Cheryl Cole/Tweedy, she is the sweetest, most kind person, so? she has a back round from when she was a lil younger??? who cares??? I am from baltimore Maryland, USA…But i would have loved to watched her on our American TV's I love her personallity her voice, n she happens to be beautiful, I also think that Simon did DO HER WRONG he needed to give her a lil time to get comfortable n use to the US, this was her FIRST JOB HERE, give her a break I mean DAMN…I am very disapointed with his decisson to fire her. Cheryl hire a new American manager, and u will make it here as well. good Luck momma. XoXo



  30. 30

    waw…x factor us is gona fail so bad…..wouldnt watch it without cheryl that's for sure



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    Re: sexigurlcancan28 – X Factor is NOT her first job is the US. She's not "new" in the US. She has been living in L.A since more than a year ago and has already worked here having other jobs, besides X Factor. Simon didnt do her wrong, it was him who gave her the gig on UK X Factor and got her signed to US X Factor too, he pushed hard for her to get her on the show. If it didnt work out it was cause of the FOX execs and cause of her bad attitude that got her fired.

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    Re: BlissBlair – Hi. I consider it win/win when ANYONE gets canned from one job, but is offered the same million dollar plum in her home country for a rumored double the salary to ease any sting. Talk about your soft landing. Pride goeth before a fall and all that…and I'm no Cheryl hater. It's the way of the business world. Happens all the time, and Cheryl and other young stars will experience this scenario many times in their lifetime, and there are right and wrong ways to handle it. Choose grace.



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    Re: @v@ – Well honestly, it's not a win win for her. Especially when money is the least on your mind. Cheryl has tons of money. Maybe to you and me, it would be nice but for her it's more about pride, humiliation, and knowing who your real friend/supporters are. He didn't give her any time to make anything out of herself. Simon spent months telling Cheryl she was going to be amazing and the US would love her. But as soon as she got there and the outlook was grim, he just agreed with everything everyone else said and was too quick to push her to the curb. Four days is humiliating. And why would she need to try out when she made the UK X factor. Everyone knows that's how she got her nickname "the nations sweetheart" or "the people's princess". She was the magical judge that everyone was silently and outwardly rooting for. Even Simon was jealous of her at times b/c her acts would win and his would lose. And she beat Simon twice in two years (lol) probably more, but I didn't watch the other years. Maybe Simon couldn't handle the heat again if Cheryl were to beat him, again, in front of everyone on National TV! (lol). I know that's not the reason, reason but you'd be surprised what motivates these types of people.



  34. 34

    Re: BlissBlair – Thats the most ridiculous thing I've ever read. You say for her its all about 'pride, humiliation, and knowing who your real friend/supporters are?' Maybe that was the case when she got arrested for aggravated assault. Now its about power, money and manipulation. Her first nickname was GREEDY TWEEDY remember.



  35. 35

    Agree with the other posters, she didn't deserve this after just 4 days, Simon is a tool. Cheryl is the sweetest person and I don't think it's for show, you can tell she is genuine. Watch Cher Lloyd on youtube at the judges houses stage 2010 and you'll see what I mean, when she broke down Cheryl was genuinely so nice trying to help her and encourage her to give her a chance to give a good performance. Cheryl is a dude (and Dannii as well)! Cheryl was on UK XF for 3 years, her act won the first two years and she came second last year. And she almost pulled it out of the bag and won it last year, when she gave Rebecca Ferguson that Eurythmics song as her last song….genius….



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    Re: Mrs Cloudatlas – Again, she makes so much money, it's quite "ridiculous". How can this be about power when the money she received was already in the clause setup by Fox. Therefor she was going to get paid regardless of what time she spent on ANY Xfactor. That was the deal. Of course it's about pride, humiliation and knowing who your real friends are, to her. Do you think if she knew that Simon was going to throw her to the wolves, so soon at the bat of an eye, she'd do this again? Of course not. Simon has more pull than others believe or more than he wants to people to know. This didn't have to happen this way. He knows Cheryl probably better than anyone and he knows what she's capable of, but they decided to hang her out to dry and Simon went a long with it.



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    Note that Cheryl has not once during this whole sorry affair made any public comment….Simon Cowell meanwhile has put out this "attempted" face saving statement and not to mention the fact he kept making sly comments the whole of last week on the Britains Got Talent live shows about Cheryl and how "that's showbusiness". Cheryl's rising above it all, and good on her. I reckon what she needs is a little break, I mean she did almost die last year and then got divorced… kind of heavy stuff, she should just chill for a while.