Fired ‘X Factor’ Judge Cheryl Cole Sues Producers for $2.3M

by | December 10, 2012 at 10:16 AM | The X-Factor

Singer and 'X Factor' Judge Cheryl Cole (Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Cheryl Cole, originally hired to judge Fox’s “The X Factor,” is suing the show’s producers for more than $2.3 million, according to Deadline.

The British singer, who was let go from the American version of Simon Cowell’s reality competition before it aired in the U.S., claims she is owed money under her “pay-or-play agreement.”

In a breach of contract suit against Blue Orbit Productions filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Cole claims she was guaranteed her salary for two seasons of “X Factor” but was only paid out $1.8 million for the first season. She is now seeking the $2 million fee she claims she was promised for Season 2.

In addition, Cole is seeking additional fees in the amount of $300,000 for housing, wardrobe, styling and other living expenses for her stay in the U.S. during production.

Cole, who served as a judge on the U.K. “X Factor,” was abruptly replaced early on in production by Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who was then also fired at the end of Season 1 and replaced by singer Britney Spears for Season 2.

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