Simon Cowell will leave the U.K. version of The X Factor to concentrate on the launch of the American version of the show, BBC reports.
Simon Cowell's X Factor will have two hosts
ITV, which airs The X Factor
in Britain, said it was "completely comfortable" with Cowell's decision and has been "talking about ways in which he can have an on-screen presence later in the series." Cowell, who has been a judge on the show since its 2004 debut, will continue to have an "an enormous presence backstage."
A replacement for Cowell has not been named, but he may not be the only one out at the judges' table: Singer Cheryl Cole, who joined X Factor
in 2008, is rumored to be joining Cowell and L.A. Reid
on the U.S. version.
Simon Cowell: We're still having nightly arguments over choosing X Factor judges
Cowell, however, said earlier this month that he's having "nightly arguments with everyone trying to get everyone to agree" on the final X Factor
The U.S. version of X Factor
is slated to premiere in September, while the U.K. show typically starts in August.