Surprise, surprise—the rumors were true. After one season and at least $10 million, Britney Spears isn't returning to The X Factor. Following endless rumors that Spears was done with Simon Cowell, the pop superstar confirmed her exit.
"I've made the very difficult decision not to return for another season," Spears said in a statement. "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. Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much! I can't wait to get back out there and do what I love most." Courting tabloid headlines? Selling perfume? Oh, wait, she means making music. Right, right.
For those keeping score, this means Cowell's show has fired or lost four judges in just two seasons (five if Demi Lovato follows suit). His steady former gig at American Idol is probably starting to look pretty good right now.