“X Factor” creator Simon Cowell is shutting down reports that he offered to pay the singer $100 million/year to join the singing competition.
“No, I have no idea where this rumor came from…I read it online that I had offered her $100 million/year. It’s complete nonsense. The budget of the show is $100 million. No one’s gonna pay $100 million/year for someone.”
The FOX show recently experienced a shakeup after the recent departure of Abdul and Scherzinger, leaving L.A. Reid and Cowell on the judging panel. Despite Beyoncé’s star power, Cowell would not make such an outlandish offer nor has he even discussed the opportunity with her. “It would never ever, ever happen,” he said. “It’s absolute nonsense and I genuinely haven’t had a conversation with her about it.”
Another person to cross off the list of potential judges is Mariah Carey. After months and months of speculation, Cowell confirmed that the pop diva will not participate on the show.