Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid New X Factor Judge?

Sources are saying that Island Def Jam chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid will be one of the judges on Simon Cowell’s new FOX show, X Factor.


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Reid and Simon have not confirmed that Reid will in fact be a judge on the show, but Reid sent out an email to his staff on Thursday announcing, “I have decided to leave my position as chairman of the Island Def Jam Music Group. I have always thrived on growth and the next great challenge, and I look forward with much enthusiasm to what the future holds.”

“We always wanted to work with L.A., whether it was now or in the future,” Cowell recently told People when he was asked who the X Factor judges might be. “Because in terms of his credibility and what he’s achieved, he’s always somebody who we would love to work with … He’s had so much success. And he’s also a good friend of mine.”

There have also been rumors that Jessica Simpson is a frontrunner to be a judge on X Factor.

X Factor will premiere on FOX this fall.

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