Amidst rumours that Britney Spears would be receiving a pink slip after her disappointing first season as judge on Simon Cowell’s The X Factor, TMZ is reporting that Spears has decided to beat her employer to the punch by quitting.

“We have unimpeachable sources who tell us Britney loves the show but wants to focus on her music…which she is doing right now,” reports TMZ. “Britney is in the studio recording her eighth album, with some help from and producer Hit-Boy, the brains behind Kanye and Jay-Z’s ‘N****s in Paris.’”

Furthermore, MTV News adds that “sources close to the show” say that she quit because she wasn’t expecting to be asked back for a second season: “Spears will be a one-termer after ratings for the show’s second season suffered a double-digit dip last year,” says MTV News. “The singer, whose most lasting legacy on Factor could end up being her GIF-worthy grab bag of surprised/bored/blank facial expressions, has not officially been dropped from the panel yet, but the failure to launch made the writing on the wall very clear.”

So far, there has been no official comment from Cowell, the Fox network or Spears.