So Simon Cowell has broken his silence about the whole Cheryl Cole/X Factor firing/re-hiring/then firing again fiasco and attributes the story’s leak into the media and Cheryl’s US manage Will.I.Am as part of reason for the whole career-FAIL. This is what Cowell said about the situation that he claims he feels really bad about;
“The hardest thing to accept is that everyone has painted me as a monster because I embarassed her, but the truth was I was protecting her. I just want people to be in the best place at the right time. Earlier, bosses confirmed that after failing to respond to their offer to come back, she had been officially replaced on the US panel by ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger – who arrived for an interview in London for the Graham Norton Show.”
Cheryl had already filmed four episodes of the US version of the show last month and supposedly after the first round of auditions in Los Angeles Simon was already concerned with Cheryl’s performance and asked her to “contribute more”. Then during the Chicago auditions on May 19th, Simon Cowellanf FOX execs decided that Cheryl wasn’t working out and that she seemed “uncomfortable” on the US version of the show. This decision ultimately led to her firing from the US show. She was then offered her UK gig back but declined. Then this last Saturday, the show’s executives changed their minds out of the blue and offered Cheryl her job back and gave her 24 hours to decide.
“Knowing Cheryl like I know her, we noticed she was quieter than normal, looked a bit uncomfortable but I put some of this down to nerves. The overall feeling was that she was slightly out her comfort zone in America, compared to what she was in the UK. If she had accepted my original offer, she would have made a sensational return and would have understood she was more comfortable in the UK than the US. I apologise that all this has become public and I understand the stress she is under, and I hate that. But we have all been under a lot of stress. When things like this happen I look at the contestant, they must think this is crazy. All the attention is on us. I am sorry this has caused so much anguish and embarrassment, but I stand by what I believe was the right intention. And I would say that to her face right now.
“When she turned down the UK show, we got back in touch and said, well she is still under contract with the US show so we invited her back. Her position was still there. We had some heated conversations with her US manager Will.i.am and he inferred this wasn’t a genuine offer. They thought that if she didn’t turn up on Wednesday then we wouldn’t pay her. We made it clear that she was always going to be paid in full. We got to the point on Saturday when we genuinely thought she was going to accept the offer but again neither she nor they returned any calls. So we’ve announced Nicole.”
Simon says he truly hopes that him and Cheryl can remain friends after this whole mishandling of her career and the way it embarrassingly played out in the media for the last few weeks.
“I had a text from her last Wednesday. She said she felt let down but at the time she undestood that it was a professional decision. I replied saying this was never personal or saying you were terrible. It wasn’t that she was terrible – she was good – I just thought she’d be happier in the UK. After the year she’d had with Ashley [her ex that she broke up with due to his infidelity] and the whole malaria thing, you either shut it down and go for it or you have to be with your friends and family to deal with it. We are close friends. I still hope we are but sometimes when you’re that close, when you’re making these decisions with someone’s life you have to be certain. I stand by what I said to her. I hope we’re still close friends. I’m sure if she was here now there would be a frank discussion, but will I work with her again? Definitely. She’s a star.”
So there it is straight from the horses mouth. It sounds like both parties involved were a bit at fault for the whole mess. Simon and FOX for being so indecisive about the whole thing and Cheryl for not accepting any of the offers that she was presented after the fact to keep her job wither here or back in the UK. To be honest though, her ego was bruised badly and I completely understand why she didn’t trust these offers to be genuine. Still it’s so sad that this is the end of the road for Cheryl’s X Factor career which she was actually riding high on in the UK. Supposedly, she is now being offered a position on the panel for the UK version of The Voice. I say take it if this is true!!!