X Factor Judge Quits

Music mogul SIMON COWELL and reality TV star SHARON OSBOURNE's co-judge on British TV talent show THE X FACTOR has quit after allegedly being bullied by his colleagues.

LOUIS WALSH, the mastermind behind a string of hit UK artists including Irish boyband WESTLIFE, has stormed out of the show after repeated insults from acid-tongued Cowell and fellow judge Osbourne got out of hand.

Saturday's (19NOV05) programme saw a seething Osbourne throw three glasses of water over her colleague after a snide comment about her rocker husband OZZY.

Walsh has also been slammed by the British press for booting favourite-to-win contestant MARIA LAWSON from the show in favour of an Irish girl group who he was friends with.

He says, "I've been totally humiliated and undermined by both of them. This has caused me nothing but stress.

"The final straw was Sharon with the water and being booed by the audience - and then Simon Cowell saying I was an idiot and stupid.

"I've had enough. I'm going back to Dublin. I'm not putting up with it anymore."

Both AMERICAN IDOL judge Cowell and Sharon Osbourne have expressed their dismay at Walsh's decision and are pleading for him to re-think.

Cowell says, "I've known Louis for years. I know what a huge success he's been. If I offended him I apologise. We want him back."

"Osbourne adds, "I am shocked and saddened. I like and respect Louis and I hope he changes his decision."

X Factor management officials were last night (22NOV05) holding crisis talks with the 52-year-old in a bid to win him back.


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Tags: Simon Cowell - Sharon Osbourne - The X Factor - Louis Walsh - Westlife - Ozzy Osbourne - American Idol


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Hi there,Read the new about Louis today. I think that the judges should keep their comments private and discuss their view with the artist concerned.I have thought for a long while that only the Public should judge the acts and the judges should only be available for coaching and advice.As for Louis Walsh he should not have commented about Ozzy Osbourne but I would like to see him back in the Show. Hope that you can persuade him.Good luck for the rest of the series.Valerie Kendall-Collis
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it's a shame that louis had to quit the X factor it was lil amusing him having 3 glasses of water thrown off him but it's not really an excuse to quit tho is it?u know how he has quit? does this mean shane is out of the comp? that wud be a shame cos he is quite gd singing wise i mean as well as looks :P
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Walsh may have a string of successes behind him but he is a bit of a wimp and causes himself embarrassment by stating the obvious. Which in itself is entertaining – get him back…
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I have to say i dont like Louie but I think he has a point to quit...It was funny when Sharon poured water over him but if i was Louie I would be upset and he is under pressure already. Especially the audience kept Booing him and Simon makes offensive comments on Louie...and he just cant cope with it. Most ppl dont like Louie but I think the show will be better if he is here. Shayne is was very emotional already on Xtra Factor last week and if Louie doesnt come back he will be even more upset. I just hope he will be back on tonite's show...
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IT REALLY MAKES ME ANGREY DANNII IS SO CRAP CRAP SHE HAS NOT MADE IT BIG ANY WERE DONT KNOW WHAT SHE IS DOING ON THERE.CAUSE KNOW ONE ELSE WANTS HER SHARRON IS THE GREATES AND IF YOU DONE A POLE YOU WOULD KNOW THE COUNTRY THINKS THE SAME.ALL SO SIMON MADE A TERIBLE MISTAKE THE WINNING GROUP HE GOT RID OFF THE 3 BLACK GUYS THEY WERE GREAT THE LOOK EVERY THING.LOUIS IS A NICE MAN STOP BEING SO BLOODY RUDE TO HIM SIMON SO INSECURE LOUIS WANT TO GET THAT GROUP AND I KNOW HE WOULD MAKE LOTS OF MONEY WITH THEM.SHOW COWELL THE MISTAKE HE MADE THE CONTESTENTS ARE GETTING WORSE NOT AS GOOD AS BEFOREFROM A MUSIC MANAGER I WOULD LOVE TO MEET SHARRON AND LOUIS
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I think we should all vote for a non X Factor Winner this year! Bring the C back to Christmas and let's get a Charity Single to No.1 for Christmas 2009.Please give your support and see www.thecfactor.co.uk/ for more details!
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