Backbeat: L.A. Reid Talks Backstage at 'X Factor' About Chris Rene, New Regime at Epic
Backbeat: L.A. Reid Talks Backstage at 'X Factor' About Chris Rene, New Regime at Epic

Antonio "L.A." Reid will leave his job as chairman of Island Def Jam to become a judge on Simon Cowell's upcoming show "The X Factor," a source familiar with Cowell's offer confirmed to Billboard Wednesday.

Reid accepted an offer from Cowell this week to join the Fox television show, which will begin airing in September, the source said. Reid's contract was due to expire in December.

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