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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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Sarah    

Please let this be true so she can go to America and stay there, sick to death of this useless talentless woman in the papers everyday, very sad that she has to do all these stunts just to get notice but I suppose if your talentless, have no personality, and have nothing to offer you have no choice, I find it so funny how some of the comments are saying shes 'charming' and 'lovely' for xfactor she certainly wasnt for the Uk version last yr.

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Sarah    

This whole thing is a publicity stunt to get her media attention in the US she never was sacked in the first place she wants the US public to feel sorry for her so they can support her and buy her crappy music she did this in the UK also. I will not be watching this show at all its all a big joke and fraud and all Simon cares about is himself, the people that win dont even last long, most of the people that where signed to his record label have been dropped, it be better for you to come second and get signed to a different label then Simons. Also to the people saying shes not racist because she was never convicted and married a black man, so what just because she wasnt convicted of racism doesnt mean she never said those thing to that woman, and her so called husband wasnt fully black he's mixed race and that doesnt make her look any less racist either because she was with him, I know people who are racist and with people who are a different race, yes it doesnt make sense but I seen it, the fact is if your not racist you would never use racist language towards anyone whether or not your angry or drunk

1047 days ago
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Sarah    

Also another thing to the people saying shes not racist because she was never convicted and married a black man, so what just because she wasnt convicted of racism doesnt mean she never said those thing to that woman, and her so called husband wasnt fully black he's mixed race and that doesnt make her look any less racist either because she was with him, I know people who are racist and with people who are a different race, yes it doesnt make sense but I seen it, she quickly went with him after that all happened so I personally think it was a publicity stunt to make her look less guilty, the fact is if your not racist you would never use racist language towards anyone whether or not your angry or drunk

1047 days ago
124.

drew    

Hey moon doggie, the Sun is reporting that Cheryl is coming back as a judge.

1047 days ago
125.

3Storms    

I still like Cole more than little miss attention-whore "gotta be in everything" Sherzinger

1047 days ago
126.

buck    

Cheryl needs to check her ethnic background. She has very dark looks, more like part Black, Arab,Indian or etc. How is she white?

By the way, Cheryl and friends is on here posting.

1047 days ago
127.

kxtina    

ok so i will not watch it now...i mean its really bad & unfair what they did 2 her but i honestly dont like her...n i also think american idol si much more better n simon was not missing in these season at all...

1047 days ago
128.

decent    

say it ain't so. She is just awful. over hyped and over paid!

1047 days ago
129.

L.A    

Love chezza.

1047 days ago
130.

ANNA    

Great! i was dissapointed when i heard cheryl was not going to be on the show. I am sure she will do a great job and i find her accent very charming.

1047 days ago
131.

beth    

Good i was only watching it because of cheryl she is great.

1047 days ago
132.

renae    

This clearly has to be for publicity for the show (which is working). They knew what she sounded like when they hired her for the US version because she had already been a judge for the UK version. I really wish Paula WASN'T part of the show, she really added nothing to AI and I don't know what she is going to add to X- Factor.

I have noticed blogs have been trying to slowly introduce Cheryl to the US for a while ( I remember her "romance" with Derek from Dancing with the Stars, after she divorced her cheating footballer husband). One reason I know any of this is because I read another blog based out of the UK. Welcome to the US Cheryl... i guess.

They may really play up the rivalrly btwn Cole and Scherzinger, saw an old clip of Cole in Girls ALoud , and all of the girls where really going in on PCD and Nicole. It was all true but it was surprising to see celebs that honest and opinionated about a fellow artist. Loved it.

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CHERYLCOLEFANUSA    

Chezza Come back to the US!!!

1047 days ago
134.

lisa    

L O V E love L O V E love L O V E love L O V E love L O V E love L O V E CHERYL

1047 days ago
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RichardHeeneEPICFAIL    

Huge publicity stunt written all over this debacle. I'm not going to watch this mess of a show. Simon Cowell, Fox and everyone else involved. They are not going to win over potential viewers with these types of games. Infact I think you may have lot a few. Cheryl is either foolish or shameful. Foolish, to go back to US X Factor after the way she was supposedly fired. Shameful, because she was in on the whole stunt and played her fans.

I hope that the show bombs, so Simon will go back to the UK for good, taking with him Cheryl, and we don't have to hear him and his annoying "That was totally rubbish" comments.

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