We're beginning to doubt that we'll ever know what exactly went on behind the scenes!
There are a VARIETY of conflicting reports regarding Cheryl Cole's alleged firing from the US version of The X Factor, and apparently, the pop star's mother, Joan Callaghan, has her own interpretation of events, and has reportedly been telling her friends that the real reason is because Simon Cowell needed her to return the UK version of the show to take charge, so she was paid off to do exactly that!
A source close to Joan says:
'Cheryl has been paid off to come back to the UK to sort out the show. Simon told her Tulisa just wasn't strong enough. The deal is she will be seen as the head judge, even above Gary Barlow.'
However, ANOTHER source has a very different version of events, and counters:
She is completely shocked and stunned. She never saw this coming at all. The fact that Simon didn't tell her in person hurt. She never thought he would do that to her.'
And, of course, an insider on Cowell's team asserts:
'Cheryl can hardly say this was a total shock. She actually knew about it three days ago. Simon told her in person at his house that it wasn't working and that he was under so much pressure to release her. She knows she has been nervous in her performances and TV execs were privately concerned.'
Like we said: who the hell knows?!
This whole thing is SUCH a mess!
Such a shame! We were looking forward to the US getting know our Chezza!
All we can do is wait for an official announcement and see how they try and explain this whole clusterfuck!
What do U think actually happened?
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