Fox-mediumThe X Factor USA has not been renewed for a fourth season.

Fox executives have taken the decision to axe the show after creator Simon Cowell announced he was returning to the UK version of the hit show.

Unfortunately, there is no X Factor USA without Simon Cowell, but we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life.

We wish him the very best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together again soon. – Fox chairman of entertainment, Kevin Reilly

Cowell launched X Factor in the US in 2011 after devising and serving as a judge on the UK version for six years from 2004 until 2010. Stateside the show got off to a rocky start when  Cheryl Cole – who also departed the UK version for the US one – was dropped from the judging panel after only a few days filming.

The show has failed to pull in the ratings expected of it despite undergoing numerous changes aimed at boosting ratings. It has also failed to find a breakout star.

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