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Fox Exec Open to Having Britney Spears Back on "The X Factor"

Nino Munoz / FOX(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Though Us Weekly reported two weeks ago that Britney Spears will be fired from The X Factor, the head of Fox Entertainment says the pop star's status on the singing competition is still up in the air.

Addressing reporters on Tuesday at a Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, Calif., Kevin Reilly said he and X Factor creator/judge Simon Cowell haven't discussed Spears' future on the panel, since Cowell has been on vacation.  However, Reilly did say he would welcome her back onto the show.

Reilly was pleased with Spears' performance during her first season on The X Factor this past fall.

"I actually thought it went very, very well.  I mean, it was sort of fraught with unknowns, you know.  And I think Britney did a really good job," he said on Tuesday.

Reilly believes that Spears added intrigue to The X Factor because people are fascinated with her.

He explained, "She’s just an interesting figure who’s lived a unique life and I thought she brought some of that and people got to know her a little bit.  Maybe some people were waiting for, you know, more drastic displays of some nature that never came, so for those expecting that, it didn’t happen."

Reilly also noted that he was disappointed to see L.A. Reid leave the panel following the most recent season.

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