After appearing as a judge on and off since 2004, Sharon Osbourne announced her exit from The X Factor U.K. over the weekend.
“After watching the new season [of] #XFactor unfold, I’ve seen the new judges finding their rhythm and are doing brilliantly,” Osbourne wrote in a Facebook statement. “Simon was so gracious to find me a spot [for] on the live shows but at this point I really don’t think I’m needed and I would honestly feel odd coming in at this point. So I have decided to pass on the series this year. I wish the show continued success and as much as I love to get my face on TV you will have to do without me this season.”
See her Facebook statement below:
Earlier this year, Osbourne shared her brutally honest opinions about the show in an interview with Howard Stern. After Stern asked about how she only attends live shows and not auditions, she responded, “Oh fuck, I don’t have to have those kids singing in my face. They all suck. It’s like, is this fucking karaoke or what?”
The X Factor U.K. confirmed Osbourne’s departure in a statement. “The X Factor can confirm Sharon Osbourne has decided not to return to this year’s show. Sharon will always be a big part of The X Factor family and we wish her all the best for the future.”