The X Factor Judge L. A. Reid Not Returning for Season 3

The X Factor 2012 judge L. A. Reid will not be returning to the show for season three, the Epic Records chairman announced on Thursday. L. A. Reid was the first judge to be hired by producer and fellow judge Simon Cowell in season one of the show. While Reid says he is “honored” to have been part of The X Factor judges panel, he is ready to put his focus back on the business of making great records.

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“I have the utmost respect for Simon Cowell,” Reid said Thursday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “He is the very best, and I have had the opportunity to learn so much from him. Working with him on X Factor has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m honored to have sat on the panel with such incredible talent.”

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