Steve Jones … out!
The X Factor host is leaving the Fox singing competition series. “I won’t be hosting next seasons X Factor which is a shame but I cant complain as I’ve had a great time,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “Good luck to everyone on the show.”
Sources close to the show confirm Jones is exiting the program. Fox and executive producer Simon Cowell are determined to make adjustments to the series after a first season that performed solidly, but fell short of what many thought was the show’s high potential given its dominance in the UK. Critics considered the British personality Jones a likely candidate to get the boot given his reviews.
Earlier this month, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly made it pretty clear Jones’ days were numbered when asked about the host at the network’s press tour presentation. “There will be some changes … as we know [hosting] is a much harder job than meets the eye,” he said. “I think everybody has come to see the value of Ryan Seacrest. Whether Steve is the guy or not, it comes under the heading of growth in general.”
It’s also been widely speculated that singer Nicole Scherzinger might not return as a judge on the show, but so far there’s been no substantive news on that front.
What do you think of the decision to drop Mr. Jones?