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It’s a Wrap: X Factor Has Been Axed

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Simon Cowell attends "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Live Show Red Carpet at Dolby Theatre on September 17, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

After 17 years on air, the UK XFactor is no more. Simon Cowell has decided to pull the plug on the show.

A source said, “Globally, it is still a phenomenon and rakes in millions every year. But in the UK, there is no question it has become slightly stale. Simon remains at the top of his game and knows how to make a hit. He owns the rights to the show, and it’s his call — not ITV’s — whether or not he drops it.”

They added, “Clearly the last thing he wants is for X Factor to fizzle out with a whimper and become a bit of a joke.”

The show launched in 2004 and aired until 2018.

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