Fox President Kevin Reilly took the stage to field reporters’ questions at the 2014 Winter TCA Press Tour in Pasadena on Monday.
Reilly addressed the “under performing” X Factor’s uncertain future saying “There’s no denying that the the U.S. version of The X Factor has struggled since its debut three years ago, undergoing constant judging changes (Demi Lovato) has confirmed she will not be returning) and lacklustre ratings, but Reilly had “there’s no decision” right now regarding a fourth season, despite Simon Cowell’s claim that it will be back.
“I love him, he’s doing what he should do as a producer, I think bullishly,” Reilly said, before admitting that the show was “under performing this year, Simon I think would admit that…the ratings were not what we hoped.” But if the series were to come back, Reilly revealed “it would not be in the current format we have,” saying he’s “heard some of those ideas, they’re interesting.”
But could X Factor go on with Simon, who hinted he may have a different role should the series come back?
“He has a lot going on…he’s never going to be out of it, it’s his creation…what form that takes, whether he’s in it, whether he’s here every week, I don’t know. He’s having a baby in the middle of that,” Reilly said, before stressing again that “no decision” has been made. (One should be made within “the next month,” he confirmed.)