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L.A. Reid not returning to X Factor next season

He had helped launch careers for acts such as Rihanna and Justin Bieber

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  • Published: 11:52 December 14, 2012
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  • FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2012 file photo, "The X-Factor" judge and veteran music executive L.A. Reid is not returning to the Fox singing competition series next season.

L.A. Reid will soon be an ex-judge on The X Factor.

The veteran music executive is not returning to the Fox singing competition series next season, a representative for Epic Records said Thursday. Reid is at present the chairman and CEO of Epic, a division of Sony Entertainment.

Reid joined the American version of the show last year along with creator Simon Cowell. This season also boasts Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges. Its finale is next week.

Last year Reid left his job as chairman and CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group, where he helped launch careers for acts such as Rihanna and Justin Bieber. At Epic, his roster includes Sade, Fiona Apple, Karmin, Ciara and X Factor season one winner Melanie Amaro.

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