L.A. Reid may be embracing the bright lights of national television with his forthcoming stint as a judge on Simon Cowell's "X Factor," but he admits to feeling some pangs of regret at leaving the house he built at Island Def Jam.
"I loved the artist roster that we created at Island Def Jam and I love the company and yes, it was difficult. It still is difficult," he told MTV News today. "This morning I heard about a remix that Rihanna did with Britney Spears [for 'S&M'] and I was like, 'It's the first time some music has been done that I wasn't involved with and I don't know if I like that or not.' I don't know."
And true to the A&R man he is at heart, he still feels protective toward some of his artists. "I don't like anybody tampering with my Rihanna," he joked. "Doesn't matter [what the song sounds like]! I didn't do it. No, I think it'll be great, but it was very difficult to leave. It wasn't difficult to decide to do 'X Factor,' it was difficult to walk away from this amazing roster and amazing staff of people and all the executives that were there that was tough."
"X Factor" premieres this fall on Fox. Some have speculated that Reid will be joining Doug Morris, his former boss at Universal, at Sony afterward.