Cheryl Cole has been dropped from the judging panel on ‘X-Factor’ and has been replaced with ‘Pussycat Doll’ Nicole Scherzinger.
It is being reported that Cole was dropped largely because producers were concerned her English accent would be too difficult for an American audience to understand.
Producers also thought Cole and fellow judge Paula Abdul had a “lack of chemistry.” Well, Abdul doesn’t really have chemistry with anyone. She kind of marches to her own drum. But okay.
Producers now want Cole to return to the UK version of the show, but she’s allegedly so pissed over how it handled that she may be done with ‘X-Factor’ entirely.
With Cheryl out, Scherzinger will take her seat and Steve Jones will be the only host on the show. Scherzinger was originally going to be a host as well. The show debuts in September.
Well that’s a pretty crappy deal. Being fired for something you can’t control, like say, your voice. I think Scherzinger is a good replacement, but it sucks for Cole as she was hoping to appeal to a larger American audience.
It’s a sad day for morning television.
‘The Today Show’ co-host Meredith Vieira is leaving after five years. As her voice quivered and as she fought back tears, Vieira made the announcement today, saying “I’ve decided to leave ‘Today’ in June.”
Vieira took the co-host seat next to Matt Lauer five years ago, replacing Katie Couric.
Meredith says she made the decision “after months of personal reflection and private conversations with my family and friends.”
She added, “I’m really sad because … for the past 10 years this has been my second home.”
Vieira says she wanted to spend more time with her husband, Richard, and her kids. The famous television personality, who also hosts ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,’ noted “I really hope to stay with the NBC family … that is my goal.”
Lauer said Vieira “has brought class and dignity and talent and a joy of life to this show for the last five years.”
Vieira will be replaced by Ann Curry.
All the women of ‘Today’ keep leaving, yet Lauer remains. I wonder if he’s the problem. Or maybe he just really loves his job. I would, if I was in his position! I wish Vieira the best in whatever she decides to take on next.
Larry King has given into peer pressure, but it’s probably a tasteful decision. E! Online reports that Tila Tequila was scheduled to appear on Larry King this evening to discuss the death of her fiancee, Casey Johnson. However King received phone calls from Johnson’s family and friends asking him to cancel the interview. Larry agreed and Tila has been replaced by an author and one of the White House partycrashers.
Another report suggests that CNN received a letter from attorneys representing Jasmine Lennard, and friend/enemy of Casey Johnson. The letter warns that Tila could potentially repeat false allegations that Jasmine is a prostitute.