Cheryl Cole Still Getting Her $1.5 Million After Leaving X-Factor

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Cheryl Cole‘s sudden exit from the American X Factor may have been embarrassing for the UK singer—crossing over stateside without the platform will take some work—but it’s not like the cloud doesn’t have a silver lining. The Hollywood Reporter claims Cole will still get her $1.5 million paycheck in full, despite the fact she probably won’t appear in a single episode. That’s one hell of a severance package…and she doesn’t have to pretend she gets along with Paula Abdul!

Though it was rumored that Simon Cowell fired Cheryl from the UK show as well, it now sounds like the producers would like to keep her on the British program and that her anger at Cowell over the American slight that’s keeping her from returning. But, assuming she’s been paid off, Fox can let folks overseas worry about that, and focus on the bigger problem: turning X Factor into a hit stateside while competing with NBC’s The Voice and their own network’s American Idol for the title of Most Important Singing Competiton On TV.

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