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Was Cheryl Cole Hired - Then FIRED - From The X Factor To Generate Publicity?

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Holy shiz! These are some SERIOUS allegations!

And if it's true, then wow…EFFED UP!

Although Nicole Scherzinger was apparently moved from the co-host of the US version of The X Factor to a judging position after Cheryl Cole was fired, her former manager, Jeff Haddad - who was let go only weeks before the joined the reality competition - is now claiming that the former Pussycat Dolls singer was ALWAYS expected to take the role she is in now, and Chezza was only used to generate publicity!

He explains:

"Simon Cowell always wanted her as a judge. There was never a question that she wouldn't get it. I had long discussions with Simon about her judging the US show and she was always a frontrunner for that job. Cheryl's name never came into it. Cheryl was just being used as a cog in the wheel to cause hype and publicize the show. Nicole was never supposed to be a host. I think Cheryl's accent never came into it. It was an excuse. Americans are used to all sorts of accents."

A spokesperson for the show has already responded, and says his statement is "complete and utter rubbish."

Wow. We seriously hope so!

Especially because if anything, this whole mess with the judges panel has turned us OFF to the show and its potential, and we're sure we're not the only ones who feel that way.

What do U think?? Do U think Cheryl was hired - then fired - for publicity?

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