L.A. Reid Out: Music Exec Leaving “The X Factor”
Music mogul Antonio “L.A.” Reid is leaving his position as a judge on Fox’s “The X Factor.”
Reid will not return for the music competition series’ third season in 2013.
The 56-year-old chairmen of Epic Records is departing the Simon Cowell-produced series to focus on being a record executive.
Reid was the last original judge on the U.S. version of “The X Factor” that remained on the show after both Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were fired after the first season.
A former member of the R&B band The Deele with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Reid took over Epic Record in 2011.
Reid signed “X Factor” finalists Marcus Canty and Chris Rene to the label, and the show’s winner Melanie Amaro won a $5 million deal with the company.
Despite released from The Script, Future and several others, Epic Records has failed to produce any major successes since Reid began running it. The company also recently laid off several staffers.