Sadface: Britney Spears Confirms She’s Leaving The X Factor

by (@emilyexton)

Britney Spears Announces X Factor Departure

We had a pretty good feeling this day would come, but it doesn’t make it hurt any less. Britney Spears has announced her departure from The X Factor via an official statement released to ABC News:

I’ve made the very difficult decision not to return for another season. I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens but it’s time for me to get back in the studio.

She’s got a point. It doesn’t take much arguing to get listeners to agree that Spears’ take on Madonna’s British accent, as well as the return of “it’s Britney, bitch” are the best parts of “Scream & Shout,” her collaboration with will.i.am. The song is currently No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, which speaks to the demand for more of Britney’s solo material.

“Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much!” Britney says. “I can’t wait to get back out there and do what I love most.” TMZ is already reporting additional plans for Ms. Spears said to be in the works, including a potential lucrative deal for a Las Vegas residency (upwards of the $100 million Celine Dion raked in). Rumors are also swirling that Brit is pursuing a sitcom–we’d push for the former, even if it means getting nervous before Brit takes the stage each night. While she’s impressed us with her comedic timing before, we find she’s funniest when she isn’t trying to be.

So where does this leave The X Factor and its remaining, yet significantly depleted, judging panel? L.A. Reid announced his impending departure after two seasons before December’s finale–where his contestant, Tate Stevens, was crowned Season Two’s winner; any chance of a change of heart?–which means Simon Cowell is left with Demi’s evolving eye brows and back where he started after Season One. Only this time he’s rich in throwaway live hosts! Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez: eternally available.

You better bring it on Idol, Mariah. We’re counting on you.

Britney Spears Officially Confirms ‘X Factor’ Departure; Reportedly Exploring Vegas Residency & TV Show Deals [ABC News Radio]

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