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'X Factor' to Cheryl Cole: For Money, Not Love

6/5/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sources at "X Factor" tell TMZ ... FOX and Fremantle (the producers of the show) are trying to get Cheryl Cole back on the program, a week after giving her her walking papers ... but it's more about the bottom line than about loving Cheryl.

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Our sources say when producers told Cheryl she wasnt right for the U.S. version of "X Factor," they tried to put her on the UK version of the show. Cheryl's managers wanted £2.5 million and producers thought it was too much, so the deal went south.

We're told Cheryl was due to get paid around $1.5 million for the U.S. show -- about what Paula Abdul and LA Reid are making -- but she has not decided whether to accept and come back.

The whole situation becomes even messier when you take into account Nicole Scherzinger -- who was originally hired as a host, but was moved to being a judge when Cheryl was axed. Her position on the show now seems to be up in the air.

Our sources say Cheryl's deal with the U.S version is "pay or play" -- meaning she gets paid whether she does the show or not. We're told execs at FOX -- and especially at Fremantle -- dont want to lose the money ... so it's better to have her on the show than not.


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McG    

I feel SO badly for this woman, now who is she?

1206 days ago
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MoonDust    

I say publicity stunt to create a buzz for the show. Either way, I don't really care for Simon, he is just too rude for my taste unlike the coaches at "the voice".

1206 days ago
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george fudge!    

Cheryl Cole is beautiful, smoking hot. The producers who got rid of her are obviously gay.
Bring Cheryl back and dump Paula Abdul.

1206 days ago
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adelle    

such a pretty lady.

1206 days ago
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Dragon Tattoo    

I think this is just for publicity to introduce Cheryl into the American media. Most people still don't know anything about her.

1206 days ago
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writenow    

So. It turns out she's as smart as she is pretty. Cool.

1206 days ago
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Mary Bailey    

Say it with me now kids - PUBLICITY STUNT.

1206 days ago
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No comment    

I don't know this woman...but the NFL shows via their networks send commentators to special classes on improving diction and pronunciation. I heard one former NFL player in an interview say he was sent to classes to rid him of his heavy ethnic accent so the audience could better understand him. Why don't they do the same with Cheryl?

1206 days ago
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Damon    

It's a publicity stunt!

AI did it with the the finalist lsing her voice, and TMZ fell for it.

1206 days ago
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janet    

Who are these people? Of course it's all publicity.

1206 days ago
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asu    

I hope she does come back. She'll be a huge hit here in America.

1206 days ago
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File that lawsuit, I am Lindsay Lohan!    

Publicity to introduce her and her ACCENT to the American media so that people wouldn't complaint about her accent. I don't think people would have anyways, I mean she isn't the first Brit we see or meet.

1206 days ago
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Stiletto    

For that extra million I will gladly interpret what she says and type out captions for the non-****ney viewers.

1206 days ago
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Soccer Fan    

@lol at Stiletto :)
I have seen her youtube videos, and I think her accent was charming and understood what she said. I say PUBLICITY to gain sympathy for her about her accent.

1206 days ago
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