Poor Louis Walsh found out today that X Factor 2011 bosses had hoped to axe him from the show year. Show chiefs had signed the Irish music mogul early, expecting Cheryl, Dannii and Simon to all return as well - but they didn't, and bosses were then after a whole new panel.
The Sun claims that producers were "desperate" to get rid of Louis in order to completely change the show's judges, but having already signed his contract, they had to let him continue.
We're sure the news won't make it at all awkward backstage.
An insider blabbed to the tabloid: "Bosses expected most of last year's judges to return and so gave Louis his contract with that in mind.
"When it became apparent that wouldn't happen it was decided it would be better to have an all-new panel.
"But Louis had already signed by that point, which threw a massive spanner in the works."
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