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Sat Oct 25 15:28:09 SAST 2014

Britney Spears confirms she's leaving 'X Factor'

Sapa-AP, Bang Showbiz | 12 January, 2013 13:17
Singer Britney Spears and boyfriend her Jason Trawick arrive at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles in this August 28, 2011 file photo. Spears on January 11, 2013 called it quits with both Trawick and as a celebrity judge on "The X Factor" talent show. Spears, 31, and Trawick, 41 - her former agent - got engaged in December 2011.
Image by: DANNY MOLOSHOK / REUTERS

Britney Spears said she has made the "difficult decision" to leave Fox's ‘The X Factor’ after one season.

In a statement, the pop singer said she had an incredible time working on the singing contest but that it was time to get back into the studio to record.

It was widely reported Thursday that Spears and X Factor were parting ways after a season in which the show's ratings fell and Spears received lackluster reviews as a panellist. Fellow panelist Antonio "L.A." Reid previously announced he was leaving, giving creator-executive producer Simon Cowell two spots to fill.

Fox has been informed of Spears' decision, her publicist, Jeff Raymond said Friday. Fox spokeswoman Gaude Paez confirmed that Spears is leaving the show and said the network had no further statement.

Cowell and fellow producers are discussing replacements for Spears and Reid and will be conferring with Fox, said a person who is familiar with the situation but lacked authority to comment publicly and insisted on anonymity.

Demi Lovato is expected to return as a panellist, joining Cowell and the newcomers.

Spears, 31, said she was proud of the young X Factor contestants she helped counsel, but that watching them on stage each week made her miss performing.

"I can't wait to get back out there and do what I love most," she added.

When X Factor returns for its third season this fall, Cowell will attempt once again to match the success of the U.K. series he brought to America. After season one, Cowell replaced panellists Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones, but Spears and Lovato didn't provide the hoped-for ratings spark, with Spears getting the brunt of criticism from observers.

She received a reported $15 million for one season's work.

Although the series has failed to match Cowell's bold pre-debut predictions, and certainly hasn't eclipsed sister Fox show American Idol, it has helped shore up the network's fall schedule.

Spears' one-time fiance has resigned as a co-conservator over her personal affairs.

Superior Court Judge Reva Goetz says she received Jason Trawick's resignation Friday and removed him from the conservatorship proceedings.

The resignation comes amid a report that Spears and Trawick have ended their relationship roughly a year after they were engaged.

Spears' publicist did not return a message seeking comment, and attorneys for her father, Jamie Spears, declined comment after a brief hearing Friday. Her father met with Goetz but left before the hearing.

The celebrity website TMZ reported Friday that Spears and Trawick have broken up. They were engaged in December 2012, and Trawick became her co-conservator in April.

Spears notified Fox this week that she was leaving her judging role on "The X Factor."

Meanwhile, it has been claimed Britney, 31, is in "serious talks" for a residency in Las Vegas.

According to gossip website TMZ, "Britney and her people are talking about establishing residency for the singer in Sin City and are also in talks with one of the hotels to do a big, nightly show.

"Negotiations are with one of the Caesars group properties, and they have been wooing her for awhile."

"There is a lot of interest in Britney's camp over a Vegas move, and a lot of interest on the Vegas side of headlining a show."

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