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Report: Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole Leave U.K. 'X Factor'

February 21, 2011 (3:47 am) GMT
The judges have allegedly announced their departure to ITV because they feel they won't have enough time to juggle both the U.K. and U.S. versions.
Report: Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole Leave U.K. 'X Factor'

is really channeling all his energy to the American version of "". The music mogul has reportedly informed ITV of his resignation as the judge on the U.K. show, effective from the upcoming season. "" will premiere in September this year.

Cowell allegedly told ITV chief Peter Fincham, "I'm committed to the American show and I'm not going to do both." And Cowell won't be the only one because , who is reportedly on Cowell's list as his partner for the U.S. version, is also making an exit.

A source told News of the World that the network is concerned about the departure of these two, saying "There will be massive shake-up. Simon is a huge, huge loss. He gives the judging panel such authority and there are big fears that millions will switch off without him. And two million extra viewers tuned in when Cheryl joined the panel. To lose her as well is a nightmare."

Furthermore, ITV is making sure that and Louis Walsh will not follow the same route by cranking up their salaries up to BPS1.2 million. Also, the network has been looking for a replacement, and two names which have popped up on their list are and .

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