Simon Cowell’s The X Factor will be one judge short at the end of this season with judge L.A. Reid’s announcement that he’ll be leaving the show at the end of this season.
“I have decided that I will not return to The X Factor next year,” Reid told Access Hollywood. “I have to go back and I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected and it saddens me a little bit, but only a little bit.”
Reid also offered his suggestions as to who should fill his spot at the judging table “You know who I would love to see take it — and by the way, I have nothing to do with it — but my choice would be like Jon Bon Jovi. That’s who I would pick.”
Reid isn’t closing the door on the show entirely, though. “I’m not ruling ever coming back,” he added, “but I’m definitely not coming back next year…maybe I’ll revisit the idea a little later.”