Sharon Osbourne will fight for 'every last penny' of her £2m contract if Simon Cowell axes her from 'X Factor'
Sharon Osbourne is not someone to mess with as she has reportedly vowed to get "every last penny" from Simon Cowell if she is ever axed from X Factor mid-contract. According to The Sun, Sharon might be axed from the show, along with fellow judge Louis Walsh.
While Sharon's fate on the show is not fixed, her pals are convinced that Simon wants to get rid of the pair as both of them have already signed contracts for the next series with big money. “It would cost £3.5million to pay them both off – it’s money ITV don’t have," one friend told the tabloid. “Sharon will get the money owed to her if she does go.” The certainty of the judges on the show soon started to shake after their fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger walked out of the show.
However, a close friend of Nicole said she had been “clear from the get-go that last year would be her last.” It is believed that Nicole's new management wanted her to follow a different career path, which also includes releasing new music.
On the other hand, Louis said previously that Simon has assured him his job will be safe for another series. He said: “I have a signed, watertight contract, as has Sharon." He added, “Of course you'll see us back. It’s a three-year contract – we've done two.”
It is believed that Simon is in talks with Craig David and Louis Tomlinson and there is a possibility that they will become judges for the next season. At the same time, ex-judge Cheryl Tweedy, Alesha Dixon, Kylie Minogue, and Mariah Carey are competing to replace the Pussycat Dolls star. As Sun reported that time, an insider told them that "Louis and Sharon are both contracted to return this year, but Simon and the producers have lost faith. They were both terrible on the panel last year. Louis has had a great run, but he’s advertising hearing aids for god’s sake. It’s beyond a joke."
"And Sharon couldn't even remember some of her own contestants’ names. Nicole was a passionate judge but has no contract and won’t be back this year in order to bring in fresh blood," the source continued. In the past, Louis had been fired from the show twice until Simon reversed the decision. Now, the big question is, will it happen the third time?