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Simon Cowell Leaves UK Edition of 'The X Factor'

Paul Drinkwater/NBC(LONDON) -- Now that Simon Cowell is busy with the U.S. edition of The X Factor, he won't have time to star on the British version of the singing competition. ITV, the network that airs The X Factor in the U.K., says Cowell will not serve as a judge on its version of the show when it returns for a new season this summer, according to Variety. However, ITV says Cowell, who owns the rights to the program, will continue to be an "enormous presence backstage."

Cowell will be a judge on the U.S. incarnation of The X Factor, which premieres on Fox this fall. Interestingly, British pop star Cheryl Cole has been rumored as one of Cowell's fellow panelists on The X Factor, even though she's currently a judge on the British version of the show.

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