X Factor boss Simon Cowell has reportedly decided he can't return to the UK series next year.
It's been claimed today that despite attempts, the music mogul has concluded it would be impossible for him to take part in both the US and UK shows, which run at the same time of year.
While Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli judge on both the American and British versions of Strictly, Simon reckons it'd be unfair on the acts in his categories to try and appear on both judging panels.
A source told The Sun newspaper this morning: "Bruno and Len fly back and forth each week between LA and London on Strictly — but they are just judges, they don’t have to work with the contestants.
“Simon prides himself on being a good mentor and he just cannot see a way to juggle three acts in America and three acts in the UK. He would be instantly open to accusations that he is not hands-on enough — and that is the opposite of how he works.”
The source added: “Simon is desperately trying to find a way to do it but he’s convinced it’s a no-go.”
It was claimed earlier this week that Simon was preparing Cheryl Cole to return to the show after the met for talks in LA.
A source said: "He’s desperate to get Cheryl back on X Factor UK because it’s lost its way.
“The money on the table would be a fortune — at least double what she got last time. She could have what she wanted.”
In a recent statement, The X Factor said: "We’re focusing on this series, no decisions have been made about next year’s series until further down the line.
“There’s always speculation about Simon Cowell coming back. We haven’t heard anything but we always find out the day before.”