X Factor USA: L.A Reid quits, bosses worry they can’t afford Britney Spears

L.A Reid has decided to leave X Factor USA, a move which is making us do this, this morning: 'NOOOOOOOO!'

LA and Britney on the show. Copyright: [wenn]

Alas, it's true.

The man with the shiny head has decided to hang up his judging hat and return to his real job - running a massive record company!

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LA told 'Access Hollywood': "I have decided that I will not return to 'The X Factor' next year."

"It saddens me a little bit, but only a little bit. I have a company to run that I've kind of neglected."

Birtney and LA with the other judges Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell. Copyright: [wenn]

"This was a nice break but now it's time to get back to work."

However, L.A. isn't planning to say goodbye to his pal Simon Cowell anytime soon...

He added: "I love Simon. We have a great relationship. We have fun together, we talk, we laugh and do bad things, we're friends."

And with LA gone, it is also reported that show bosses are worried that they will not be able to afford Britney Spears for the next season.

After disappointing ratings, producers are believed to be being forced to cut costs and Britney Spears does not come cheap.

A source said: "Producers were hoping to pull in between 15-20 million viewers but the show hasn't reached those expectations".

"Those numbers add up to cost cutting and Britney will be expendable. Producers will be looking to spend less on the production of the show, including the judges' salaries."

"Britney is on a $15 million contract, which is absurd given that there's been no huge surge in the ratings."

Well, to be honest Mr Source, it's pretty absurd any way you look at it.